The primitive, force of elements such as space, the cosmos and nature which governs us and of which we are also a part – such are the recurring themes of Shahla Dadsetan’s work today.
Enriched by three cultural backgrounds, Iranian father, Polish mother and university studies of architecture in Germany – her work evolves around the three countries: Germany, Iran and France. This artist, who has consequently a wider view of the world, does not cease to question herself and to insist on our close links to the universe. A passionate, ceaseless quest that she expresses on the canvas with the intensity of dazzling interplay of values and transparencies.
After numerous architectural projects, Shahla Dadsetan has chosen to express herself through reviving thus her childhood love. She has then carried out extensive research into colour, techniques and abstraction through sketches. A period of preparation and reflection. In 2000, she immersed herself entirely into painting, continuing to expand her art , so that it expresses her most intimate thoughts as closely as possible. In so doing, she created a unique , organic, aesthetic and unclassifiable work of art; an oeuvre which questions.
Instead of searching for “readable” subjects in her compositions, one must look for the expression of a permanent reflection: the artist evokes with amplitude the inorganic range - the underground life as much as the sidereal space, in a rhythmic script where the terrestrial and the celestial meet. A writing which delves into the innermost link which unites man and nature in the widest sense. She wishes to go beyond human limits to reach the invisible, the roots of the substance.
To go beyond the human limits, to avoid remaining on the surface, to rediscover the harmony between man and the universe, this intercourse with the earth is at the heart of Shahla Dadsetan’s philosophy. She wishes to transmit this in paintings which oscillate between informal and very allusive presentation, between the opaque and the transparent, structured in dynamic lines into a shadow/light dialogue and remarkable tonal harmonies.
Shahla Dadsetan puts the universe at the heart of her creation, in accordance with her personal impulses. The result is an oeuvre of strong impact.