At the beginning, I must say why the name of this collection is Merikhi’s women, Merikhi is my last name and I depict these women with my digital lithography method.
I have used Studio Manifold to create a smart contract with MOGW (Merikhi’s OG Women) symbol for this collection and I’m going to include all the pieces related to women in this collection. All pieces are 1/1.
In this collection, I’m going to deal with women’s stories, including mythological women or stories that we all know, such as Rapunzel and… . My goal is to be able to tell their story in my own language and style by telling the story of these women and relating them to the environment in which I live and my sense of femininity.
In this collection, I am going to use the mythological women that exist in the Shahnameh (an ancient Persian poetry book that is about mythological stories and I always borrow and get inspiration from it) and introduce their prominent role with my own style. You can find this series of pieces with The women of Shahnameh tag.
I wanted to show the support of women around the world for Iranian women and want to say Women are stronger with each other, wherever they are
I created this piece inspired by the drawing of Liberty Leading the People, painting by Eugène Delacroix that you can see below.
In this piece, I have put this woman’s hair in place of the flag (because it is a symbol of freedom in Iran) and on the other hand it is her weapon that cut her hair and does the same thing, at the forefront, invites her people to fight for justice and revolution.
Another Shahnameh woman, Gordāfarid, Gordāfarid was a champion who fought against Sohrab and delayed the Turanian troops who were marching on Persia. She is a symbol of courage and wisdom for Iranian women.
Qamar-ol-Moluk Vaziri, commonly known as “Qamar” was a celebrated Iranian singer, who was also the first woman of her time to sing in public in Iran without wearing a Hijab. She is known as “the Queen of Persian music”.
Singing with the vocal range of a mezzo-soprano, she was revered for her mastery of the repertoire of Persian vocal music, especially her sensitive rendition of tasnif and tarâna.
She began her career in singing at age 19 in 1924 when she performed at the Grand Hotel in Tehran. When she performed she was among men and without the veil. During another performance at the Palace Theater in Tehran, again without the veil, she was accompanied by Morteza Neidavoud (an Iranian great music master), who she had met when she was 16, just a few years earlier.
I have digitally lithographed the character of this impressive woman to be included in my women’s collection
AnoushehAnsari is an Iranian American engineer and co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems. Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. (TTI). The Ansari family is also the title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize.
On September 18, 2006, a few days after her 40th birthday, she became the first Iranian in space. Ansari was the fourth overall self-funded space tourist, and the first self-funded woman to fly to the International Space Station.
In the Star Wars movie series, there is a character named Princess Leia, and I created the piece based on her character.
Maryam Mirzakhani (12 May 1977 — 14 July 2017) was an Iranian mathematician and a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. Her research topics included Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory, and symplectic geometry. In 2005, as a result of her research, she was honored in Popular Science’s fourth annual “Brilliant 10" in which she was acknowledged as one of the top 10 young minds who have pushed their fields in innovative directions.
On 13 August 2014, Mirzakhani was honored with the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics, becoming the first Iranian to be honored with the award and the first of only two women to date. The award committee cited her work in “the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces”.In 2009, she became a professor at Stanford University
She is definitely one of the greatest and most influential women in the history of Iran and I had the honor to design this icon with digital lithography style.
Forugh Farrokhzad was an influential Iranian poet and film director. She was a controversial modernist poet and an iconoclast, feminist author. Farrokhzad died at the age of 32 due to a car accident.
She published Reborn in 1964. Her poetry at that time varied significantly from former Iranian poetic traditions.
Farrokhzad’s strong feminine voice became the focus of much negative attention and open disapproval, both during her lifetime and in posthumous reception of her work.
Emphasizing human issues, she also calls for a recognition of women’s abilities that goes beyond the traditional binary opposition
The crow is a symbol of blackness and depression, and these can be felt in Forough’s poems and personal life, and of course she was smart, that’s why I have added this symbol to this character. I made this piece with digital lithography and pop art elements.
Also, I have made many pieces about women, but this collection is completely for women and I am just working on it.