Negin Dastgheib paints flowers and plant matter as a way to express her internal, romantic longing for a world of beauty. Nostalgia has always played an important role in her work as she has moved through themes of her family’s past in Iran and memories of places where she has felt at ‘home’ . Beauty and the desire to connect to nature and the divine is a large part of Iranian culture. It can be seen through the works of poets such as Rumi and Hafez, the architecture and the generosity of the people.
As she explores nature as a site for spiritual connection, she has a desire to bring in more beauty into this world. This natural beauty is a space of sensory enjoyment and depth of feeling where intuition guides colour and form.
Dastgheib explains sensuality as a form of awareness and connection to our body. It is also about being open to receiving stimulation from our external environments. This process becomes not only one of enjoyment but of feminine empowerment where she is able to create a loving space for her connection to her own nature.
Courtesy of Page Galleries:
"Despite the intuitive mutability of her process, there remains an innately earnest quality to Dastgheib’s paintings. The works are imbued with a certain kind of intimacy; a somewhat disarming sense of sincerity that is rarely encountered. Her loosely rendered botanical forms linger at the edge of reality and abstraction through the artist’s remarkable sensitivity to composition, form, texture, and colour. Dastgheib works across a vibrant palette and the titles of works are equally dynamic – Sea Creatures, Mandarin Skins, Hot Flush, Marshmallow Blooms, Paisley Dreams – drawing a charming and playful juxtaposition between the botanical forms with often unexpected imagery. "