I am a Middle Eastern artist who appreciates the visual culture of the Far East. Currently, I teach Asian Brush painting and calligraphy at Worcester Art Museum, in Worcester, MA. I also practice a Japanese style of weaving: Saori. Asian aesthetics of minimalism and simplicity intrigue me.
My approach to art is interdisciplinary; not limited to one field or specialty. I practice crafts, pottery, sculpture, calligraphy, printmaking, painting, and weaving. For example, a traditional Chinese painting could be mounted on wood or on a weaving, weaving can be a piece of sculpture, etc.
In addition to Asian art, I am interested in making art that calls for social justice. In 2014, I founded Healing Fibers as an annual open platform for local artists, intellectuals, and performers to express themselves with a critical eye on our social, political and cultural issues. The forum has addressed violence against women; violence, neglect, abuse of children; war and peace; Native American human rights; and health care in the US. In 2019 the forum will address immigration issues.
More recently, I am working in partnership with other local artists, exchanging ideas, knowledge, skills, and execution of art in different media including sculpture and film.
My work has been exhibited in local museums, galleries, and other institutions.
Current & Past Exhibitions:
2019 Migration III, Signals, Sprinkler Factory, Worcester, MA
2019 Solo Exhibit, Lamar Library, UMass Medical School, Worcester MA
2019 Healing Fibers: Unwoven Journeys, Pop-Up Gallery, Worcester, MA
2019 Natura, three-person-exhibit, Sprinkler Factory, Worcester, MA
2019 ‘Gate to Heaven’, ‘Purple Horse’, ‘reflections’ Davis Art Gallery, Worcester, MA
2019 ‘Ahimsa,’ Old Frog Pond, Harvard, MA
2019 ‘Drops of Hope,’ Buddha’s Over Worcester, Boundless Way Temple, Worcester MA
2018 ‘Flute Player’, ‘Blue Mountains’, WAM Faculty exhibit, WAM, Worc., MA
2018 A Bird’s Eye View- A Matter of Perspective, ARTSWorcester, Worc., MA
2018 ‘Backs to the Sea’; ‘Alan Kurdi’s Dream’- Immigrate Emigrate, Assumption College, Worc., MA
2018 Dancing Wrist, Healing Fibers, Sprinkler Factory, Worc., MA
2018 ‘Shawl of Shame’, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
2018 Remember Me - ‘One’ exhibit for ARTSWorcester, Worc., MA
2018 Blue Buddha - Buddhas Over Worcester, Boundless Way Temple, Worc. MA
2018 Shawl of Shame, members’ exhibit, ARTSWorcester, Worc., MA
2018 ‘Flute Player’, ‘Secret Message’, SRAG group exhibit, JCC, Worc., MA
2017 Damascus Gate: Non/Objective Now exhibit, Davis Art Gallery Worc. MA
2017 Purple Horse, Connecticut Women Artists, Vernon, CT, MA
2017 Picture Social Justice & Human Rights, Alan Kurdi’s dream of peace (juried), Brookline, MA
2017 Raising Phoenix Saori sculpture, Fiber Arts Studio, Stonington, CT
2016 ‘Flight’, soft cut print, donation to FHC, Worc., MA
2013 Radomes (4 paintings), L3 ESSCO, Ayer, MA
2015 Interview with Olivia Richman, Stonebridge Press, Southbridge, MA
2015 Meet the Artist, workshop and exhibit at Bancroft School, Worc., MA
2014 Purple Horse, (fiber art) , Grafton Fine Art Exhibit, MA 1st Place.
2014 Interview with Mauro DePasqaule, WCCATV13, Worc. MA
2012 Black River (fiber art), Grafton Fine Art Exhibit, Grafton, MA 2nd place.
2011 Interview with Edlin Ortiz, Charter on Demand, Channel 3, Worc. MA
2011 Frances Kinnicutt Award to study abroad with British artist Lydia Bauman, WAM, MA
2011 Photo: Fluff, Ritmos Art Academy, Worc., MA (Juried), 3rd Place.
2011 Interview with Mauro De Pasquale, Channel 13 WCCA TV13, Worc., MA
2011 ‘Nude’, Grafton Fine Art and Music Festival, Grafton, MA (Juried), 2nd place.
2010 ‘Bog Stick’, Grafton Fine Art and Music Festival, Grafton, MA (Juried); 3rd place.
Good Press Printmakers, Worcester
WAM, Worcester, MA (2009 - present) Artist: Youth & adult art teacher.
UMASS Hospital & Memorial Hospital, Worcester, MA (Jan 2010- present)-Interpreter: Duties include medical interpretation for the Arab community in Worcester and surrounding area.