Naz Shahrokh | Iranian artist based in UAE
Spice Wall | 2010
Collected spices and herbs in plastic bags on wall
9 ½ ft x 12 ½ ft (287 cm x 380 cm)
Installation at Ghaf Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE
"This project is site-specific to the palette of the East, as it is an investigation of spices/herbs found throughout the Gulf region, the Middle East, and North Africa. I began the process of collecting these materials in Egypt, but the source of inspiration derives from a visit to Iran in 1995 where I had for the first time experienced the mounts of spices found at the local bazaar in a town called Rascht (where my mother is from).
The process of collection of spices took many years until I was at a place where I could finally begin assembling the work. The formal framework in this project is appropriated from Ellsworth Kelly, as the vertical rainbow is inspired by his work. The plastic bags that house each spice/herb is site-specific to Abu Dhabi (UAE), as these are the bags in which one finds the local spices sold in.”-artist statement