Roya Amigh

Mixed Media & Installation

Artist Roya Amigh grew up with Persian mythology heard in stories told by my uncle. Persian storytelling does not follow a linear structure, and it is typically told by narration from one person to another. The line of narration can go on and on, from person to person and recounting to recounting, inevitably creating stories within stories and fictions within fictions. Echoing the natural distortions of memory, I create my own version of this mythology in my practice, featuring stories that happened to me or to the women I know.

My work investigates the relationship between mindfulness and daydream: how the presence of mind meets the imagination to yield a memory. My practice is based on revealing suspended moments of memory to realise the uncertain border between meditation and rumination.

In some ways, my works resemble set pieces in invented epics. I start by rendering large numbers of small drawings. These drawings consist of lines that appear as if in relief, created by glueing and composing thread on paper. My imagery is based on Persian miniatures. I incorporate symbols from mythology that include beings such as Huma, Dragon, and Daeva as they appear in the writings of the Persian poets Rumi, Ferdowsi, and Hafez. By assembling line drawings, mixed-media such as bark or paper, and the physicality of the environment itself, I create a fragile structure that reflects the ephemeral quality of a memory suspended in space.