“The importance of being a muse”
Muse is playing a certain role in visual arts. Muse is even more important than an inspiration; Muse gives inspiration to the artist. But the problem is that she/he is usually not supposed to be “subjective”; rather she/he is asked to be like an “object”; motionless and neuter. Like she/he has done his/her job to give the artist the inspiration he needs and now it is time to remain silent; letting the artist do his work. Such an attitude is reducing the muse to the level of a plain model; But there is a new phenomenon in the art scene of Tehran; a phenomenon more common among women artists. The best term to describe such a phenomenon is “self-musement”. Here “subject” and “object” sometimes gathered in one existence: The artist. The artist is the main muse of her work; she gets inspired by herself and the world inside her mind. She creates her own imaginations inspired by her own thoughts and belief. In other words, if before two different identities were involved in the process of creation; now there is only one! There is no mediator. The artist perceives her own stimulants; reacting; filtering; and then creating.
She is the main subject of her artworks and sometimes when it comes to self-portrait she is the model; the motionless object. But neither all the self-portraits could be categorized under the title “selfmusement”; nor all the artists creating self-portraits are inspired by their inland realm. There is a big difference between such a notion and a plain self-portrait. “Self-musement” is not about the appearance; it is about confession; the artist is not trying to create something like an auto-portrait; but she is confessing her very own emotions. She is expressing what she has experienced as a human being; as a unique existence that there cannot be anything or anyone alike.
It is not that she is indifferent to social, political, and cultural changes around her; she is all but indifferent; she is reacting to all these changes; but through her own point of view. As if there is a filtering in the artist’s mind; any data must go through her complicated maze of feelings and perception; the outcome however is not a straight reaction; but a multi-layer complex of expressive form like an onion. One needs to peel and peel to see all the layers of interpretations. Such works produce maximum level of sympathy in the audience. This very seemingly personal artwork expands itself; finding so many social readings; because there are so many people who have felt the same; thought the same and now facing a very expressing and confessing work of art; they would confess: we had the same experience! We had the same feelings!