I am a painter and a sculptor. Whatever medium I work with I push it and myself beyond the traditional creative boundaries by combining unconventional materials such as clay with fabric or oil pastels and paintsticks on clay monoprints transferred on geotextile.
As I am multi-cultural I am influenced both by many traditions and by immigrants’ struggles.
With my paintings I celebrate the diversity, cultural richness, spiritual beliefs, and literature of these cultures. The vibrant colors, depth, and movement in my series “Painted Poems” and “Color and Light” reflect that. The process for my two-dimensional abstract artwork begins by producing a clay monoprint that is transferred onto geotextile, mounted on a board to which I add mixed media. Each painting is inspired by a poem or a story.
My sculptures in the series “On Immigration“ and “Women Warriors” focus on the nomads’ hardships. I come from a long lineage of immigrants who fled countries and continents due to physical, political, or economic survival. I create figures using earth tones and rough texture to represent their suffering, their journeys and their strength needed for survival. I work clay as a carver using knives and wooden sticks, subtracting, uncovering what’s within rather than building up.