In My Head
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head Acrylic
Let Me Breathe
2019
Acrylic
36" x 48"

While I was traveling in Iran and talking to young women of high school and college age, they were mostly complaining that they feel there is an invisible hand that is choking them: claustrophobic laws, personal freedoms and financially. The inspiration of this painting came mostly from those conversation as well as my interest in places of worship where we are mostly focused on the bedazzling ceilings and walls.
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head Acrylic
Never Ends - East
2019
Acrylic
24" x 30"

As an Iranian born woman living in United States my two worlds have collided. The rights of women are always under attack. It is crazy to think we still have to fight for them in the 21st century. The boxing gloves can also be interpreted as bandages as you cannot be free without a good fight. This painting pays homage to all the Muslim women who are sacrificing their life for some freedom.
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head Acrylic
Never Ends -West
2019
Acrylic
24"x 30"

The rights of women are always under attack. It is crazy to think we still have to fight for them in 21st century.
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head Acrylic
Faith is not wrapped in a cloth
2018
Acrylic
24" x 30"

I was inspired to paint this painting when I was going to a mosque in Shiraz, Iran. Although, I was dressed modestly and my head was covered, I was asked to wear a long veil. The second panel shows the destruction of the veil but the devout is still walking towards the place of worship and not away from it. Veiling should not be forced. It should be a choice.
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head Acrylic
Faith is not wrapped in a cloth
2018
Acrylic
24" x 30"

I was inspired to paint this painting when I was going to a mosque in Shiraz, Iran. Although, I was dressed modestly and my head was covered, I was asked to wear a long veil. The second panel shows the destruction of the veil but the devout is still walking towards the place of worship and not away from it. Veiling should not be forced, it should be a choice.
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head Acrylic and glass
Faith is not wrapped in cloth
2018
Acrylic and glass
24" x 30" each panel

I was inspired to paint this painting when I was going to a mosque in Shiraz, Iran. Although, I was dressed modestly and my head was covered, I was asked to wear a long veil. The second panel shows the destruction of the veil but the devout is still walking towards the place of worship and not away from it. Veiling should not be forced, it should be a choice.
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head Oil
Shiraz#3
2019
Oil
12" x 16"

Shiraz - beautiful, colorful city of poets and beauty in Iran. This is a composite of my imagination of all the colors, mosaic and stain glass presented in palaces and mosques I visited
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head Acrylic
Shiraz 2 - Light and Reflection
2019
Acrylic
36" x 48"

Shiraz - beautiful, colorful city of poets and beauty in Iran. This is a composite of my imagination of all the colors reflected in mosaic and stain glass details in palaces and mosques I visited. Fragile and threatened by time and history.
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head
Detail of Shiraz 2
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head Acrylic
Reconstructed Heritage
2018
Acrylic
24" X 30"
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head Acrylic
Reconstructed Heritage
2018
Acrylic
24" x 30"

Inspiration from Chehelsotoon, Esfahan, Iran
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head Mixed Media - Wood, acrylic, glass
Mixed Blessings
2015
Mixed Media - Wood, acrylic, glass
16" x 20"

The veil has always existed in the Middle East to protect women from the natural elements; sun, wind and sand. It is unfortunate that an item that was created to protect women is being used as a political tool to hurt them.
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head Oil - Mixed Media
Fragile Freedom
2013
Oil - Mixed Media
36" x 48", 48" x 60", 36" x 48"

The left panel depicts an adolescent cocooned. The towel is glazed with glass to show reflection as well as the fragile protection. The middle panel shows the adolescent seeking her freedom. The shard glass is a representation of this fragile freedom. The third panel depicts the choice to remove all protection. This is all being read in the western language from left to right. However, the story is quite different reading it from right to left as in many languages in the Middle East.
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head Oil - Mixed Media
Gilded Cage
2018
Oil - Mixed Media
24" x 48"

I took my inspiration from the Blue Mosque in Istanbul for this painting. This is completely imaginary. I have always been fascinated with women who willingly wear the veil. Their faith has become their Gilded Cage where they are denying themselves equal rights.
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head
Detail of Gilded Cage
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani In My Head
Detail of Gilded Cage