Treasured Elements: Precious as Silver & Gold

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As the contemporary art keeps evolving in the face of new media driven by the online wave; along comes an artist that defy the odds of parallel scope. Michelle Sakhai brings along the worldly art wisdom encapsulated in the Persian and Japanese dynasties- wrapped in the precious attire of gold and silver.

I was fortunate enough to meet Madelyn Jordon at her gallery, who has presented the fine art of Sakhai in a solo exhibit. The expressionism and abstract quality of Sakhai’s art is evident in every artwork that she has showcased at this edifice. Sakhai is, in a nutshell, an artist who studied art at universities world over, and practiced it between east and west- far from Japan to Iran to California.

There is this certain soothing touch to her works as you glance through them- light traveling and moving in the space of your vision- as you move forward from artwork to artwork. I mean, for me personally- this is some unique art that cannot be captured in photographs. So for those who really want to embrace the definition of Treasured Elements, you need to visit this Scarsdale wonder. For the simple reason that it really is three dimensional in its representation. When I visited their site- the pictures could only tell a part of the story and not its complete case.

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The depth of Sakhai’s scholarly art scope and the refinement of how she balanced the paint on these gold and silver platters- if I may say so; is nothing but astonishingly fresh, yet characteristically classic- merely due to the choice of gold and silver.

Though each painting had a personality and character talking to you on its own, my favorite of them all were “Lava I” and “Lava II”. I gravitated to it like I was sucked into a black hole in space. Its galactic yet volcanic appeal made me stare it for a while and come back to it even after absorbing the whole show. To me, it represented all the particles of a volcanic mountain within the confines of darkness waiting to explode. It took over me by further surprise because these two (Lava I & II) were in stark contrast to the rest of the insignia. They engulfed me in the reverse manifestation of gold and silver in the paint rather than the media, backdrop or the canvas.

Simply to be treasured- this exhibition is one-of-a-kind in its own, in the sense that it lets you retain something that is tangible, daring, fascinating and distinctly refined to sway you into its enigma that realized this treasured possession that only a complex artist like Sakhai could come up with. Standalone in its own entity- I would say online images will be a hindrance, if you don’t actually envisage the real story in person.

My recommendation would be; take some time out to go and see what cannot be visualized or offered in images. “Beige” and “Grey” on pictures are actually glittering Gold and Silver- full of sensual femininity, elegant enough to impress you.


Treasured Elements is showing Mar. 18th – Apr. 30th
Madelyn Jordon Fine Art Gallery
37 Popham Road
Scarsdale, NY


Writing by Atif A. K.

Photographs provided by the gallery




Atif A K

Atif A K

Atif A K is a New York based copywriter, film maker and poet. He has been on international advertising circuit since last 17 years working with leading ad networks and Fortune 500 brands. He is an avid art follower and has been writing poetry for over a decade. His poems often cover themes of romance, psychological darkness, universalism and humor.

1 Comment
  1. I couldn’t agree more! I’m lucky enough to have a painting of hers and it’s something very special indeed!

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