Shahpour Pouyan: Methinks These Be Devils Three, 2021
The project begins with the depiction of the world’s origin through the lens of Zoroastrian cosmology. The Persian religions’ sacred elements of water, earth, and fire are represented by painted ceramic discs that evoke medieval aesthetics. A sculpture in the shape of a block of water and a mountain represents the source of all things and its sacred dimensions.
The other part of the project explores the afterlife and features ceramic architectures designed as reliquaries that straddle the line between dream and death. These works, influenced by different architectural styles, take on a chimerical form topped by a human skull acting as a cupola. They are monuments that honour and model intellectuals, thinkers, and artists who have become eternal through their creations.
Installation view of the exhibition: Methinks these be devils three, at Nathalie Obadia Gallery, Brussles, 2021