b'Mehrdad RashidiThere is commonly a certain wistfulness to these images, reflecting both the in-terrelatedness of things and their profound physical separateness, togetherwith the spiritual struggle for resolution of the one into the other; a sense thatis emphasized in Rashidis work by the presence of hybrid creatures (heads-as-petals, bird-human figures, head-footers and other mythical inventions) andmore amorphous fusions of forms. These are truly beautiful works, with a sub-tlety and uncanny presence that speak anew with each approach from the openviewer. They are windows into another psychic place.Professor Colin Rhodes is Dean of Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydneyand author of Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives7'