Flora Feizbakhsh (b. 1956, Babol, Iran) began her art career in 1986 and lives and works in California, USA. Her works have been exhibited in Iran, Canada, United Kingdom and Italy.
Feizbakhsh’s abstract paintings take on the subject matter of overgrowing plants which dominate the picture plane. The works show the development of plants from fresh, luscious and orderly arrangements to growing out-of-control and deteriorating in subject matter, colour and light, revealing nature’s aspect of otherness: It is shadowy, impenetrable, distant and direful. The pervasive presence of the plants have evolved in a significant way over the past ten years, and the colourful canvases reveal different seasons, with the shape and arrangement of leaves evoking recognisable trees such as the mad willow, maple or elm. Yet, through a persistent observation and continuation of this theme, the atmosphere and qualities of perspective deteriorate. Feizbakhsh has been drawn towards the dystopian images of struggle and deterioration: a different perception of landscape painting, an alternate scenery loaded with symbolic meanings, extended from side to side, open to interpretation.