During past four years I worked with kaniz. We
produce many collaborative art works.
As we were working on the paintings, Kaniz told me many stories. Kaniz’s
life story is strange and interesting.
Kaniz lives in Hormoz Island.
She got married when she was seven years old. In some small towns, parents
decide the arranged marriage. I asked Kaniz’s mother why she decided for her
daughter to get married so soon. She said she also got married when she was
seven. Kaniz's mother gave birth to 25 children. Only five of them lived on.
The reason for having so many children was because they wanted to have a
boy. Kaniz's mother has a son now, but he is disabled. When he was only 6
months old, He got a mistaken injection that made him disabled.
I am sorry my story has a sad beginning; in fact this is not a story, it is
At the age of 15 she learned that her husband has another wife.
So she divorced.
At the age of 17 she married again.
She had seven children that her husband left her
and marred with another wife.
She start to work to support her children.
Kaniz usually used live snail, slug, cochlea and shell to make
necklaces and other handcraft. This is a job of many jobless families in
After few years Kaniz married for third time and
with this marriage, she received 6 more children. I confused to learn that
her third husband had already wife and children. Now I know that Kaniz
can be a mother for 30 children !
Third marrig din not reduce the works and
responsibility of Kaniz.
me was that Kaniz usually used live creatures such as snail, slug, cochlea and shell to make
handcrafts. This is a job of many jobless families in
That is why I used organic ink and colored earth to produce these painting behind glass
(stained glass?) I suggest that this
be the handicraft of this island
A gift from me to
people and from people to tourists
pigments and deer are two things that tourists
know of at Hormoz Island
I decided to teach
this type of painting to the woman of Hormoz Island who has no enough
I taught them how to
prepare the colors and paint.
For this method of
painting they can use a pattern
One day I met Kaniz and
she asked me to
teach her earth painting too.
, I encourage
her daughter to
learn and paint earth paintings too. I hope one day she stop
using uses live fish , snail, slug, cochlea and shell to make handcraft
I told Kaniz that
catching these creatures from the sea in large scale may result in
long-term environmental crises
Kaniz and her
daughter begin to paint. They start with the name of God.
We used organic
colored earth and produced a number of painting behind glass.
During the 20
festival of environmental art, one night we arrange
a sale for their works.
artist bought works from them. As a result, she
produces more works.
In Kaniz house we spent good time and we
have good memory.
hair from a goat and I made a type of organic brush.
In January 2010 I was also inspired by the primitive drawing of Kaniz and
her life to produce a number of painting behind glass.
painting to Kaniz I learned and inspired by her primitive style.
During the 25th festival of
environmental art , I sold some of my
works and dedicated money to Kaniz
We made a lot of artworks during my two weeks stay at Hormoz Island in March
The initial idea was to make paintings as craft, but each girl painted their
Kaniz’s drawings are always primitive, and I like them.
We sold their works to tourists and that made us happy.
We celebrated that night.
Despite all of her
sufferings, Kaniz seems to have a childlike happiness. I admire her for
that, and I wish I could be like that. She is a real artist to me.
The people who she is surrounded with also have unusual stories.
One of Kaniz's
grandchildren has no birth certificate. Before he was born in Iran, his
father worked in Dubai. His father did not present his identification card
when the son was born, and so he does not have a birth certificate. That is
why he cannot go to school. He is about 16 years old and still illiterate.
He has no
He belongs to
Why? What did he
Is there anyone who can help
him? How? Please let me know.