This Series called “Victoria Secret“ inspired by stories I was recited to during my childhood. My father had an old aunt, named Fatemeh. Aunt Fatemeh was pretty, very social, kind and religious. Once a month, she used to land in our house, without any invitation or prior notice, to spend 3-4 days with us. And we welcomed her warmly. We had a sign code that said “ Aunt Fatemeh, the parachuter just landed “ to alert the rest of the family about her arrival. Even though she was an in-law relative, our mom really loved her because, as our mom would say, she was a very clean lady and always brought positive energy.
We, the kids, loved her as well. She was a great storyteller. She prayed five times a day and after each one she would asked us if we would like to listen to a new story? Our answer was always: “Yes“
Then she would tell us stories from the Holy Quran. She loved to hold our hands and make sure we were sitting down, calm and relaxed. Occasionally, she would make a direct eye contact with us to gauge if we were still interested in hearing the rest of the story.
I was fascinated with the images of “Heaven” she portrayed for us, with the river of honey, the nude gorgeous virgin angels, and the joy the male adults were filled with, being around the angels. This afterlife, she told us was waiting for the “good people” to enjoy to infinity in a beautiful heaven with no limits or boundaries.
Fortunately, she never tried to force us into praying. She was only happy to have us around herself so she could tell us her stories.
About 3 years ago, I made a series of paintings called swimming in heaven to illustrate aunt Fatemeh’s stories and to picture what I had heard from her. That series interested, to my surprise, my regular art collectors and they sold out very quick.
This series, “Victoria Secret” represents a continuation of Swimming in Heaven. Deep down, it tries to question the wisdom of sacrificing the current life we have on Earth, for the future life that may never come.
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