"The story of our flowers": Lida Sherafatmand's art

It was when I was writing my MA dissertation about Iranian painters for peace that I first came across Lida’s works. As I contacted her we started to have numerous talks and letters. I could sense her true enthusiasm and sense of responsibility as an artist. Although she left the turmoil of a country involved in a bloody war (Iran), and settled in a peaceful island (Malta), but she still kept a sense of devotion to the sacred task of caring towards others. Instead of forgetting the horrible inhumanities she had witnessed, she dedicated her life to express her objection towards cruelty and war with a unique and everlasting language: the language of art.

Receiving Stones, Lida Sherafatmand, oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm, 2015

She had kindly sent high quality photos of her works to me for the sake of my research. Whenever I was in doubt while exploring the meaning behind a work she used to explain it with patience thoroughly.

After that project we were still in touch every now and then, so I learnt about her new projects and exhibitions. I have seen her growth as a committed artist who is ardent in her ideals. Her ideals have remained the same over the years but she has invented a new authentic language in painting in the meantime. Using the most beautiful element of nature, she has paved her career in establishing a new artistic style named Florescencism.

It is now about 6 years that she has been working on creating canvases full of vibrant and energetic flowers. The abundance of the flowers in her painting is an indication of the abundance in natural resources and the fairness of their allotment for communities and individuals. It provokes a sense of Mother Nature bestowing enough gifts for all humans.

The Art of Receiving, Lida Sherafatmand, 155 x 122 cm, oil on canvas, 2015

The choice of flowers as the main element of her artistic language is based on an intercultural understanding. In fact flowers are rather pivotal in the most critical moments of one’s life from birth to death, from graduation, wedding, or every happy or sad situation. In all these cases the flower is used as an expression of the sentiment or thought. The flower is used in all cultures and does not belong to a specific gender or race. It is a common use in all cultures from ancient times up to now, and in future too probably. In fact it is an essence of beauty and every intercultural act becomes more beautiful and effective with the use of a flower.

Lida’s process of painting is a somehow sacred ritual which begins with a sacred dance, meditation, and contemplation. The light of candles leads her soul to a bright and pure world of faith in life and a peace which brings her beautiful visions. Surrounded by serenity and clearness of mind, her deep and clean fervor towards a world of light and beauty brings her images which she then paints.

Florescencism is a style on which a large number of small flowers reside all along the canvas. Sometime they flow like heavy rains from the sky and sometimes they flow like rivers along the earth. Wherever we see on canvas there is full of blessing and peace, even dark sides of the picture end to an eternal light. There is no room for despair, hatred and greed.

Florescencism is a style in which a large number of small flowers reside all along the canvas. Sometime they flow like heavy rains from the sky and sometimes they flow like rivers along the earth. Wherever we look on the canvas there is a full sense of blessing and peace, even dark sides of the picture end to an eternal light. There is no room for despair, hatred and greed.

Figure 1 titled “Emotional Calm” takes place on a somehow neutral context of grey. This might be an indication of calmness and balance between warm and cold colors. The presence of scattered warm yellow and orange colored flowers again produce another general balance. The flowers seems to make virtual columns implicating a transcendental emotion toward an outer source of light.

Emotional Calm, Lida Sherafatmand, oil on canvas, 100×80 cm, 2017

The flowers that Lida shows us do not belong to her or any individual. They belong to all humans and people from any gender, race, and nationality. They are alphabets of an international language lovable and appealing for everyone.