Introduction to 30Voices
 
Art has a profound ability to empower and endow the voiceless with resonance. Art is capable of educating the uninformed and healing the wounded spirit. 30Voices is a non-profit organization devoted to raising awareness about domestic abuse  by establishing a community of experienced and aspiring artists eager to share their candid visions of love, heartbreak and resurrection. 
 
30voices is dedicated to promoting and cultivating the diverse voices of Iranian women through various artistic outlets such as paintings, sculptors, mix media, music, film, performances and literature. By offering workshops, organizing events and developing resources for burgeoning female artists, 30Voices hopes to instill confidence in women and aid in the progression of a healthy and enlightened community. 
 
The significance behind the name 30Voices originates from the Persian mythological creature known as the Si'morgh (30-birds). It is a large winged bird-like creature with a 500- year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of cinnamon twigs that it then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young Phoenix is reborn. The Si’morgh is the divine symbol of reincarnation and perseverance. 
 
Likewise, Iranian women all over the world are rising out of the ashes of a revolution that more than thirty years ago robbed them of their civil and human rights. But under the dark shroud of oppression thrives the immortal and outspoken soul of women yearning to be acknowledged and respected. Today, no matter where they are in the world, Iranian women stand together as one, stronger and more determined.

Evleen Davoodpour Mishkan

Artist

 
Evleen Davoodpour Mishkan was born in Tehran, Iran on March 19 1957, to art loving parents. From a very young age they noticed her interests in the arts as she would draw for hours on end. Her parents immediately signed her up for art lessons which continued until she was accepted into Fine Arts University. During her second year Evleen got married and soon graduated with a bachelor degree in Architectural Design. In December, 1978 she immigrated to the United States, settling in Los Angeles.
Her work explores themes of female vulnerability and sensuality, which often comes from universal esoteric themes  found outside in nature. Evleen lives with her husband and two daughters, in Los Angeles, California where she continues to teach and practice painting in her Beverly Hills studio. 

 

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