DEMOCRATIZATION OF THE ECOSYSTEM, THERE IS NO HIERARCHY
My current project, “Democratization of the Ecosystem, There is no hierarchy,” examines the connection and concern I have for the environment and sustainability, and their connection to culture and history. A fusion of expressionist and surrealist imagery, the ecosystems I create are Garden of Eden-esque, utopian in nature. Yet, they intentionally stimulate conversation about diversity and equality, and conflict…conflict concerning global warming, economic overconsumption, and religious and ethnic divisiveness .
I explore equality through organic and inorganic forms on earth and in the skies and their importance for a healthy world and human existence. This is a metaphor for the equality and diversity of identity including race, creed, and color. I expand the concept of identity further by investigating environmental beliefs rooted in different traditions and history. Historical and cultural precedent are manifested by incorporating abstracted Biblical and Quran passages and words relevant to the environment. I draw from my travels, including several rich experiences visiting and living in Israel for one year, and staying in Morocco for a month during Ramadan. My exploration into religion and culture in connection to the environment has opened the door to a new creative investigation into the interdependence of current social mores with history and tradition.
I create innovative visual iconography of spiritually charged and digitally inspired cloud formations that command a presence among surrounding cityscape, landscape, and the figure. Inspired by science and economics, I insert symbols from the periodic table and chaos theory exploring the connection between the primordial and the present, science and spirituality.
These passages are included in this series :
"But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; The birds of the sky, they will tell you, Or speak to the earth, it will teach you; The fish of the sea, they will inform you, Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?"
וְֽאוּלָ֗ם שְׁאַל־נָ֣א בְהֵמ֣וֹת וְתֹרֶ֑ךָּ וְע֥וֹף הַ֝שָּׁמַ֗יִם וְיַגֶּד־לָֽךְ׃ א֤וֹ שִׂ֣יחַ לָאָ֣רֶץ וְתֹרֶ֑ךָּ וִֽיסַפְּר֥וּ לְ֝ךָ֗ דְּגֵ֣י הַיָּֽם׃ מִ֭י לֹא־יָדַ֣ע בְּכָל־אֵ֑לֶּה כִּ֥י יַד־יְ֝הוָה עָ֣שְׂתָה זֹּֽאת׃
Job Chapter 12:7-9
"And it is He (God) who has made you stewards (khala'ifa) upon the earth and has raised some of you above others in degrees [of rank] that He may try you through what He has given you.
وَهُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَكُمْ خَلاَئِفَ الأَرْضِ وَرَفَعَ بَعْضَكُمْ فَوْقَ بَعْضٍ دَرَجَاتٍ لِّيَبْلُوَكُمْ فِي مَا آتَاكُمْ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ سَرِيعُ الْعِقَابِ وَإِنَّهُ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
"And there is no creature on [or within] the earth or bird that flies with its wings except [that they are] communities like you. We have not neglected in the Register a thing. Then unto their Lord they will be gathered."
وَمَا مِن دَآبَّةٍ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ وَلَا طَٰٓئِرٍ يَطِيرُ بِجَنَاحَيْهِ إِلَّآ أُمَمٌ أَمْثَالُكُم ۚ مَّا فَرَّطْنَا فِى ٱلْكِتَٰبِ مِن شَىْءٍ ۚ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ يُحْشَرُونَ
6 C Fish Tells
5 B Rams Relay
4 Be Earth Teaches
8 O Earth Says
7 N Bears Begin
9 F the Cow Cries
18" H x 24' W
Oil and Charcoal on Paper
2016 and 2017
S 16 in Bloom
Zn 30 in Bloom
Br 35 in Bloom
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1 H and Sustaining
2 He and Sustaining
3 Li and Sustaining
84" H x 84" W Image
Oil and Charcoal on Unstretched Canvas
with 6" White Border
10 Ne and Sustaining Tayir
11 Na and Sustaining Khala'ifa
48" H x 30"W
Oil on Canvas