Max Emadi's Femme Fatale Series

Femme Fatale Series by Makan EmadiIn a journey that continues to explore his Islamic roots and the role of women in the Muslim world, Makan (Max) Emadi has started another series of paintings that focuses on the Islamic dress code for women (hijab). As compared to his prior "Calendar Girl Series", the Femme Fatale series so far has focused totally on the eyes and head of the subject.

I'm sure Iranian-born Makan (Max) Emadi is well-aware of his intentions in naming the series "Femme Fatale". As the Wikipedia posting for femme fatale states:
A femme fatale is an alluring and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. She is an archetypal character of literature and art.

The phrase is French for "fatal (or "deadly") woman." A femme fatale tries to achieve her hidden purpose by using feminine wiles such as beauty, charm, and sexual allure. Typically, she is exceptionally well-endowed with these qualities. In some situations, she uses lying or coercion rather than charm...

In social life, the femme fatale tortures her lover in an asymmetrical relationship, denying confirmation of her affection. She usually drives him to the point of obsession and exhaustion so that he is incapable of making rational decisions.

femme fatale Wikipedia

As with all of Max's series of paintings, it will be interesting to observe over time how it evolves and where it will eventually lead him. Who will lead who in this dance with the siren?

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