Houshiary’s sculpture is rooted in the mysticism of Islamic culture, particularly the poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi, a thirteenth–century Sufi mystic. Sufism centres on the quest for self–knowledge, its name meaning ‘the path’ or ‘the way’; this is the essence of Houshiary’s work. Art is a journey of discovery located in the realm of the imagination, which she describes as “the creative force of the universe’. Houshiary believes that an artists role is that of unveiling the invisible rather than producing commodity objects.
Houshiary produces work in a range of different materials including copper, zinc, steel, brass, tin, mud and straw. Frequently, she makes reference to the four elements: earth, fire, wind and water. She also attempts to convey the idea of himma or ‘energy’ in her sculpture. Initially, her work was biomorphic in form, but over time has become more geometric. This serves to emphasise the elemental beauty of materials, but also to strike a universal chord across cultural boundaries.