Untitled (Sleeping Striped Cat and Golden-Backed Woodpecker), 2018

Iman Raad’s work ​Untitled (Sleeping Striped Cat and Golden-Backed Woodpecker)​ 2018, presents an antipodal combination of beauty and disquiet. This work, inspired by Persian painting and traditional ornamental elements, stages a serenic and unsettling scene of disturbance. Through meticulous repetition, a technique drawn from the digital realm, Raad disrupts the peace conferred by the cat’s figure with a militaristic line of birds, implying the attendant carnage of conflict. The painting reverberates with a rendered hint of psychedelia, as if a frozen dimension of time has captured and displays degrees of motion, the momentary between history’s moments, the fragility of joy.