Map of Life Painting by Sara Madandar

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Painting: Pencil, Textile, Digital, Color on Paper, Other.

Map of Life is about my journey and memories of my own displacements and immigration; leaving Tehran and ending up in New Orleans. Each layer represents a city in which I have lived, and they fade behind newer layers and maps. The torn music sheets used in this piece serve as a metaphor for rhythm of life. The use of sewing and stitches – present in most pieces of the series – links the piece to the underlying theme of the series: clothes and homes. The transparency in Map of Life is about the relationship between older memories and newer ones, competing memories transcending time and overlapping in one’s mind.




Map of Life

Sara Madandar

United States


Size: 55 W x 35 H x 0.1 in

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