Self-Portraits: A Series of Paintings
This collection was primarily inspired by Niroobakhsh’s own immigration process and story. In her mind, Iran was heaven and leaving everything behind felt like an accidental journey. Entering an unknown future in a foreign land would be difficult. She took countless pictures of herself screaming/falling down a set of stairs, or on top of a mattress. It was a form of performance art that captured an authentic frame of mind and a raw wounded soul that then were translated onto the canvas. These pieces were also inspired by a picture of a young woman named Evelyn who committed suicide in 1947. A young photography student named Robert Wiles took this picture and it was published in LIFE magazine.