Devastating Loves & Transcendent Hatreds : Salma Arastu : Heart And Soul-V
Abrams Claghorn Shop
Acrylics, paper, gesso, pen and ink on canvas
36 x 36 inches, 2016
Love is a powerful emotion, for which there is no wrong definition, for it suits each and every person differently. Whether love is between family, friends, or lovers, it is an overwhelming emotion that can be experienced in many different ways. Love is my expression as I believe Love is all that we need to solve devastating situations. I paint faces and stories of love. Sometimes this love is for the Maker, sometimes it is for a mother and sometimes it is for another living being. This springs from a philosophy of the Unity of Being. The love that I depict goes beyond all negatives, it has resolved all misunderstandings and is now pure and sweet. I see forgiveness and acceptance as the hidden forces that finally will help in bringing about this sweet love.
As a woman, artist, and mother, Salma Arastu works to create harmony by expressing the universality of humanity through paintings, sculpture, and poetry. At birth she was given the life-defining challenge of a left hand without fingers. After graduating in Fine Arts from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda, India, she lived and worked in Iran and Kuwait before landing in Pennsylvania in 1987. As a visual artist she has had 50 plus solo shows nationally (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Ohio, Missouri, Seattle, Portland and California) and internationally (Germany, Iran, Kuwait, India, Morocco, Australia, and Brazil) and has won several prestigious awards, including the East Bay Community’s Fund for Artists in 2012, 2014, and 2020 and the City of Berkeley’s Individual Artist Grant Award in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Salma has public art pieces on display in Bethlehem, PA and in San Diego, CA.