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Artist/Naturalist- Ahmad Nadalian
John Caddy

 

The 27th Environmental Art Festival  -  Kotena,  Ghaemshahr - Mazandaran - North of Iran

 

 

The 26th Environmental Art Festival  -  Nishabour- Kalateh Shaykh Hassan

 

 

Artist/Naturalist- Ahmad Nadalian
John Caddy

 

Our World:  The Vision of Children & My Petroglyphs

 

 

Home of Hassan: New residential Art Center

 

The Museum of Environmental Art

 

About Kaniz

 

 

A Journey to Khozestan, March 2010

 

 

Our World:  The Vision of Children & My Petroglyphs

 

 

Home of Hassan: New residential Art Center

 

The Museum of Environmental Art

 

About Kaniz

 

 

A Journey to Khozestan, March 2010

 

 

24th Environmental Art Festival - Thirsty Lake of Uromieh

 

 

A journey to Hormoz Island- Persian Gulf - March 2010

 

Home of Hassan: New residential Art Center

 

The Museum of Environmental Art

 

About Kaniz

 

A Journey to Khozestan, March 2010

 

 

Persian Gulf Residential Art Center in Hormoz Island

 

 

The Magic of Colors and Memory of Objects – 25th Festival of Environmental Art in Iran- Hormoz Island – Persian Gulf

 

 

 

Local Arts in Hormoz Island

 

 

My Art works in Hormoz Island

 

 

Local Culture in Hormoz Island

 

 

Environmental Art Festivals

 

 

Dream of Peace in Persian Gulf

 

 

Flight  IR 655

 

 

Peace in Persian Gulf

 

Other works in Persian Gulf

 

Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival   (December 2007)

 

Environmental Art Festival on the Persian Gulf

 

 

Second section: Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival


 

Artists at Paradise International Center

 

Selected Artists:

International Competition of Environmental Art

 

Collaboration with Children

 

Works in Paris

 

Environmental Art Festival on the Persian Gulf

 

L'Eau Partagee: Work in South of France )

 

Travel to France : Exhibition & Works by Nadalian in Ramatuelle- Golfe de Saint Tropez in France  (From Escalet to Pampelonne)

  

Hidden Treasures: An Art Exhibition for next Millenniums  Persian

Nature of Polour

 

Travel to France : Exhibition & Works by Nadalian in Ramatuelle- Golfe de Saint Tropez in France  (From Escalet to Pampelonne)

 

Works In Italy

 

Works in China

 

 

Persian Gulf Residential Art Center in Hormoz Island

 

 

The Magic of Colors and Memory of Objects – 25th Festival of Environmental Art in Iran- Hormoz Island – Persian Gulf

 

 

The 27th Environmental Art Festival  -  Kotena,  Ghaemshahr - Mazandaran - North of Iran

 

 

The 26th Environmental Art Festival  -  Nishabour- Kalateh Shaykh Hassan

 

 

Artist/Naturalist- Ahmad Nadalian
John Caddy

 

Our World:  The Vision of Children & My Petroglyphs

 

 

Home of Hassan: New residential Art Center

 

The Museum of Environmental Art

 

About Kaniz

 

 

A Journey to Khozestan, March 2010

 

 

The 27th Environmental Art Festival  -  Kotena,  Ghaemshahr - Mazandaran - North of Iran

 

 

The 26th Environmental Art Festival  -  Nishabour- Kalateh Shaykh Hassan

 

 

Artist/Naturalist- Ahmad Nadalian
John Caddy

 

Call for International Environmental Art Festival

 

 


Painted Earth Goddesses: Some Thousands Years Continuation of Tradition

Ahmad Nadalian

Thanks to Dawood Jabari, Mosa Ameri, Fatemeh Makina, Sadraldin Sadri, Mohamd Amin Najafizadeh, Mohsen and Mohamad Saied Zarei

 

Recently a sinkhole was dug in my garden. I found some dark blue mud and used it for making the statues. I also used Hormoz red dirt to paint them, they turn red when baked.  The final color is very similar to the red color of ancient earthenware.

 

Statues made out of mud and painted by Hormoz red dirt

 

 

Unfortunately in our village of Polour, many ancient earthenware and relics are nearly destroyed.

I have discovered about 200 historical castles.

A fragment of a historical tile

 

 

In 1986 I traveled to Minab, in southern Iran, and bought a clay statue from a traditional market that was painted by Hormoz red dirt.

 

 

 

Traditional toy for children, made of dirt and painted by Hormoz red soil

The archetype of painted statues can be traced back to prehistoric goddesses

 

Prehistoric mother goddess painted by colored dirt

 

Prehistoric Goddess made from a mold

 

 

Historical pottery that shows a pattern printed by seal

 

 

Some prehistoric Rhyton painted by colored soil

 

 

Fragmented pottery painted by colored dirt

 

 

When I was student of fine art at Tehran University, I used clay and made a goat (left) and during my PhD studies I also made a Rhyton (right)

 

 

Nomad children usually make their statues with clay.

 

Photo by Raheleh Zomorodina

In 2006, at The Persian Gulf environmental Art Festival, I suggested the students to make status and relief out of clay

 

 

In the 18th Environmental Art Festival in Polour, I also recommend dirt to be used for environmental installation.

 

In this festival some of the works were decorated by Hormoz red soil.

 

 

 

In autumn of 2009 I visited some handcraft workshops in Minab, and I bought a new statue of a camel.

 

 

In Minab I noticed that some subject matter that wouldn’t elsewhere, for example monkeys are not found anymore.

 



 

Small mill, toy for children

 

Kiln for baking pottery and statues.

Photo by Mohamad Amin Najafizadeh

 

According to a research by Mohsen Zareai, most of the artists who made these statues were women.

 

 

Kolsom Fakhari is one of the oldest women in Minab who made the statues.

 

Photo by Mohamad Amin Najafizadeh

 

It is very significant that traditional women made statues. During the Islamic period making statues was very rare. These statues were used as toys for children.  This could be a reason that legitimized the making of statues. That is why this tradition could remain in Iran for some thousand years.  It seems that in recent years only men make these statues.

 

In autumn of 2009 I traveled to Minab and saw the processes of shaping these statues. I learned that traditionally donkey manure is mixed with clay to make it stronger.

 

I searched donkey's dung in Polour and I was happy to use dirt from sinkhole and donkey manure to make art.

 

The color of the statue before baking

 

 

 

There is a strong connection between women and the earth.

 

On September 10th we visited, Johannesburg City: we walk alongside a local market in Alexander Township. I noticed that they sold pieces of dirt. I discovered that women, who are pregnant, traditionally eat these pieces of dirt. This indicated a link between being a mother and earth.

 

 

In the past time, people in Iran used earth for cleaning their bodies. Various colors of these can be found in traditional markets.  They usually mix the earth with water and the liquid used for cleaning the body when people took baths.

 

In Hormozgan the earth is red and it comes from Lengeh.

 

I used this dirt for cleaning my body when I live in nature and also use them as color when I paint. It is important for us environmental artists to use components that are environmentally clean.

 

My mother showed me this plant. Its name is Eshlom or Ishnan. In the old time, people used the powder of this plant to wash their clothes.

 

There are many mysteries in the earth that we should learn.

 

Iran is a country in which when it rains you can feel the scent of the earth. I can feel it.

 

 

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