An artist residency in Colorado in 2016 proved to be transformative! As a painter this month-long pivotal experience, which focused on sustainability, informed my direction significantly. The paintings shifted in subject matter, with images more complex and the canvases much larger in scale.
I am currently examining themes of cultural identity, diversity and equality, and how they connect to science, politics and religion. My philosophy is that everything in nature is equally important for global sustainability. Inspired by Rabbinic Midrashic exegesis tradition, I seek to find commonality and associations in an increasingly complex world; to interpret and stimulate discourse and debate about the human condition through cultural and environmental connections.
Intuition guides my painting process of gestural mark making combining surreal and realistic imagery. Challenging and reinterpreting traditional landscapes and cityscapes, I explore thought provoking issues through imagined other worldly surroundings. Layers of meaning are revealed within the layers of vibrant and luscious strokes of oil paint.
In my current series Democratized Ecosystems, I have built an iconography of spiritually charged clouds, people, animals, architecture, and elements of the periodic table. Language has enriched my visual story telling over the years. In this body of work, I have utilized verses and words with an environmental reference from the Bible and Qur’an, written in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. The poetic has become an abstract element, symbolically connecting environmental sustainability and world cultures.
Sharing this thematic thread, the work has expanded to include mixed media collage and digitally manipulated photography.