In 1966, Monir is dazzled by the dome of Shah Cheragh shrine in Shiraz. This six centuries old monument brought her the impression of standing inside a multifaceted diamond and looking out at the sun, in her own words.
Afterward, she appropriates an old decorative technique of mirror mosaic and reverse glass painting. Its exceptional brilliance activates altogether the reflection and refraction of the light. She assembles the elements in three-dimensional structures whose geometry is inspired by the traditional aristocratic architecture of Persia.
The effect of wrapping the spectator in the artwork meets the targets of the abstract expressionism with a more specific influence from younger minimalists such as Frank Stella and Robert Morris and a conception close to Op art.
On March 18 in Dubai, Christie's sells Zarah's Image, lot 140 estimated US $ 350K. This artwork 185 x 135 x 19 cm executed in 2009 is a study for a monumental work in homage to a contemporary Iranian hero. The artist was then 85 years old.