Depticting Her Essence
Painting is a process of transforming or protecting and sprucing up the surface of a canvas or a fence or even a wall. The process of henna however is that of giving or making, much like baking or making organic fuel by making cow patties that are slapped on a vertical surface such as an exterior wall, in neat rows, to dry in the sun. The purpose of henna or baking unlike painting is creating something for consumption, something with an application, namely beautification of the body. These works all use henna as a medium and tell a story about women.
June 2 Viewpoints 2018, Studio Montclair, NJ
Curator: Gary Garrido Schneider, Executive Director of
Grounds for Sculpture, NJ
May 17 Haggin Museum, CA
May 12 Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition 2018, Brooklyn, NY
Curator: Carmen Hermo, the Brooklyn Museum’s Assistant Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
March 17 Banana Factory, PA
January 2018 - 19 Professional Artists’ Exhibit, The Mainline Art Center, PA
juror: Pamela Regan, Owner of Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, PA
December 1st Opening Reception at Main Line Art Center, PA
The Second Skin
Second skin, as the name denotes has to do with appearances, yet the secondary position indicates something beyond the superficial. At a physical level, we embrace our environment, wearing light clothes in warm weather and bundling up in freezing temperature. There are customs that originate from a necessity, social, religious or economic in every place. How much of our cultural making such as clothing, tattoo, jewelry etcetera, serve to preserve self-identity and when do they become baggage inherited from antiquated customs and directives? What degree of adaptation allows assimilation and when does it become appropriation.
May 26th Opening Reception at Contemporary Art Museum, South Korea
Please Don't Burst My Bubble explores preexisting spaces and circumstances that tell a story other than itself bearing within it the potential of a new and unexpected outcome.
This solo exhibit is part collaborative with local artists showing photographic works that reflect the topic. Bubbles are ephemeral, yet we continue to make them if only to be able to see the rainbow colors reflected on them momentarily similar to the pursuit of art today!
May 20th at the BG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
April 21st - June 16th at Straube Art Center, NJ
Eye for an Eye - a derivative of just punishment in the Old Testament more popularly known by its modification in the saying of Gandhi, 'Eye for an Eye leaves the Whole World Blind'. These enlarged eyes belong to animals, wild and domestic signifying the redundancy of such a saying in the animal kingdom that is devoid of such vengeance despite their predatory nature, reinforcing empathy and acceptance. This show focuses on perception. Comprising mostly of larger than life renditions of animal eyes suggesting that irrespective of sight, "perception" largely exists in the human domain. Color Vision rendered using Ishahara dot pattern designed for the color blind brings focus on the basic urges to be seen and accepted. Alright Ma, Look Fizzy & Hide in Plain Sight are reminders of modes of perception through filters and preconceptions.
2017 and Upcoming
December "The Second Skin", The Mainline Art Center, PA
April "Eye for an Eye", Solo show at Straube Art Center, NJ
January "Visions 2017: Food for Thought" Darrell E. Sechrest Art Gallery, NC
May 24 " Please Don't Burst My Bubble?!" Solo at Contemporary Art Museum of South Korea
May 20 " Word Jumble" group show at BG Gallery, CA
2016 Exhibition List:
October "Enjoy/Endure" the city and its people, curated by Corina Apostle
Open Door Festival at Gallery Aferro, NJ
August: "Second Language", curated by Dr. Susan Isaacs
@ Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia
July, "Love Is..." at Alfa Art Gallery, NJ
May, "Words + Text + Numbers" @ St. Louis Artists' Guild, curator: Joel Ross
March, Hillyer Art Space, DC, "Typecast", curator: Javis DuBoise
“More of the same” – always a safe bet – familiar and predictable. So deep is the dependence on the “familiar and safe”, that the choice by default is always that which has been previously experienced – “true and tried” – a popular justifications! The consciousness however is forever expanding and morphing…it seeks new insights and new ways of being…even though the love of “typecast” makes one conform to accepted codes of decorum for fear of rejection. Need for validation curbs the capacity to love the self and others.
Feb., 2016 Augusta Savage Gallery, “ I Breathe With You”, MA
Lately there has been much senseless bloodshed over an age old prejudice that simply won’t go away. “I can’t breathe” were the last words of Eric Garner when put in chokehold by NYPD. Cops across the country are being shot down randomly. Time to address the prejudice and recognize that the color of blood is always red. Color Vision is a group of 4 canvases. Each rendered in Ishihara vision chart style inscribed with words that every person feels and can identify with. “I have a Dream” consists of two dream catchers, each with a diagram of a cross section of a blood cell.
2015 and Upcoming
Dec., 2015 Torpedo Art Factory, Printed Matter
Flight of the Unicorn
Nov., 2015 Royal Scottish Academy, UK
Primal Colors: performance art digital photo and animation