For three decades, cinema and theater have influenced HOMA TAJ’s art, and even academic research, in various media.
In her conceptual mixed media paintings, Homa uses images from classic American and International movies juxtaposing them with art historical references. The dynamics as well as the tension between the ‘characters’ she ‘casts’ inform the artist’s choices for each composition, from the palette to the brushwork.
“It’s all in the casting.”
Similarly, Homa describes her choice to paint on archival paper – which is later mounted on canvas – as an organic, living force that energizes both the process of art-making as well the final work.
“Paper responds to everything that touches it… It has an elephantile memory.”
The seemingly narrative interactions between the figures in each painting dissolves as the viewer tries to make logical sense of the ‘story’ behind every composition. Hence, the conceptual nature of her art.
“Everything, the subject and the material of my work, is about energy & temprament … and, the physical and conceptual texture of each image that I create.”
All palettes in Homa’s paintings are created using the five primary colors – black, white, red, yellow and blue (with added sheen). Every layer in each work has a singular color configuration which is virtually irreproducable. As with her use of paper (invented in China), Homa’s choice to add a touch of saffron (originally from India) to her palette serve as reminders of her childhood – of being born on, and travelling along, the ancient Silk Road, in Persia (Iran).
“Ultimately, my work is about ‘moving pictures.’ Every composition is like a conceptual mood-board for a scene in a film that is yet to be written.”
NOTE: The gallery includes a small selection of Homa’s paintings. For more visit HOMA TAJ.
The paintings are created with mixed media – acrylic & saffron, and collage on archival paper (to be mounted on canvas), 32 x 42 inches (unless otherwise specified), (completed) 2013-2018.
Aesthetically, her paintings may be divided into four types of ‘textures’ that imitate leather, silk, linen and metal (stainless steal or rusted gold). Thematically, she divides her work into periods of War & Peace.
Select works available in editions of 100 archival digital prints (32 x 42 ins (81.28 x 106.68 cms)), $3,400.
For inquiries regarding commissions, forthcoming video and installation work, and acquisitions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*All photos courtesy the artist – taken with iPhone 7Plus in natural daylight.