I see the garden as a place of resistance, and the plant as a parallel way of living.

In 2012, I began a series entitled Persian Gardens that drew upon my personal history to present a collective history of Iran. Reinvigorating Persian gardens has become an intellectual quest as I have searched through a complex historical maze to understand the pragmatic and spiritual significance of these gardens. Over the past several years, I have composed numerous projects with the Persian garden as a figurative and metaphoric template for the examination of personal, social, cultural, and environmental issues. A transplanted artist, I am finding much to discover in the social history of plants, the connection of body memory to climate exile, and the politics of water rights.