Departure - A Tale of Middling by Parsoua Mahtash

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Parsoua Mahtash

Departure - A Tale of Middling


180 x 120 cm | 70 3/4 x 47 in

Oil on canvas

  • First Place ($2,500 Cash Award) / Animals

This work is on loan from a private collection.

Re-Location, A Trilogy series 

The lived experience is an intertwined combination of a certain location, the objects associated with it, and human emotions over a span of time. ‘Home’, being an important element in the experience of life, becomes a reality once the act of living in that location actually occurs. Different interpretations of the word ‘home’ – such as a city, a motherland, a homeland or even a metaphor for a particular situation – of course, no matter how much we elevate the notion, must be lived in a physical space to become a reality.  

Moving from one physical home to the next, regardless of the circumstances, creates an element of suspension. The new home, in the absence of lived experience, does not yet have an independent identity and is an unfound reality. The old home does not have a tangible existence, but part of our emotions are still attached to it. However, life doesn’t stop, and we experience something contradictory, living in between these two places.  

‘Re-Location’ is an allegorical explanation of this situation, suspended between two specific coordinates – not a purgatory between heaven and hell, but between two lived experiences of location, time, and our human emotions. Re-location, is a narration of the situation in this particular place that we experience and live every day.