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Giving depth
Reverse-glass painting

By Mahin Azima
September 26, 2002

Since 1973 Mahin Azima, one of Iran's distinguished contemporary artists, has been trying to revive and modernize "reverse-glass" (posht-e-shisheh) paintings.

Reverse-glass painting was first seen in Iran during the 15th century. It is unique in the sense that the top layer finish is painted first, while the background and built-up colors come second. Azima has tried to use this form to give depth and a three-dimensional effect to the final work.

Azima was one of the first women in Iran to graduate from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Tehran University (1954). She later studied Indian painting at the Tagor University in Calcutta before working as an art teacher for over 20 years.

In the past three decades she has held a number of individual and group exhibitions in Iran, France, Belgium and Turkey. Her works are part of a permanent collection at Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Arts and the Tehran Museum of Glass. Some are also part of the private collection of India's late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Mahin Azima's paintings will be on exhibit at Harvard University from September 9 through November 8, 2002. The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA. Info: 617-495-8647)

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