Pentimento | ندامت


آهن، موم صنعتی، سنگ، رنگ روغنی، ۲۰ × ۵۰.۵ × ‍ ۱۱۱سانتی‌متر

2011, iron, industrial wax, stone, oil colour, 111 x 50.5 x 20 cm

The Arabic epitaph reads: [There is] no God. Pentimento, literally ‘repentance’ (Italian), in painting a pentimento is a visible trace of earlier painting beneath a layer or layers of paint on a canvas showing that the artist has changed his or her mind as to the composition during the process of painting. In his work, Golshiri has taken the famous Islamic prayer for the dead, engraved on granite, and has removed all words except ‘no God’. He has also followed the aesthetics of broken tombstones of the disloyal to religion or state, recurrently vandalised by ideological thugs.