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Bahar Daee was born in Tehran. Her birth coincided with the Islamic revolution, and the Iran & Iraq war, one of the saddest and most horrific wars, which lasted eight years and turned the lives of many children of her age upside down. Bahar was only two years old when the war started, and despite it being 24 years ago, its affects still influence her.
At thirteen and with her father’s encouragement, Bahar started painting, first using simple dots and lines, evolving to using a variety of techniques adapted through lessons and workshops in drawing, painting, sculpture and calligraphy. She believes that art is embedded in the soul, awaiting awakening. This phenomenon occurs beyond technique, though requires it in order to manifest it as intended. In her early years of painting, Bahar worked in a naturalistic and abstract style, but soon after combined painting and Persian calligraphy. None of these styles, however, could satisfy her passion for art until she immigrated to Canada and started her art and academic education. Bahar considers this a period of “growth” in her professional work. Her current artwork tries to fuse the true meaning of love, family and being away from her homeland.
Specifically, Bahar’s art and her social activism rely heavily on the experiences and suffering of thousands of mothers and grandmothers of her homeland who have been taken for granted for decades. She hopes to produce pieces that become an inspiration and rally the women who have sacrificed themselves for their homeland. Bahar’s Painting-Photography art pieces fuses herself in those women and their problems to convey the fact that there are thousands of women, regardless of distance, who live without the most basic human rights. By applying a combination of methods and utilizing photos and objects, she highlights the contrasts between these women and their patriarchal society, a contrast, she hopes, will one day end.
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