Antiterror Matryoshka Dolls, mixed media painted over "American Antiterror"-themed dolls, 2007
Antiterror Matryoshka Dolls, mixed media painted over "American Antiterror"-themed dolls, 2007

Graffittied-over 9/11-themed Matryoshka Dolls.  I preserved the underpainting from the original dolls only where it says "American-Antiterror" at the base of the Chador-clad largest doll; and the American flag on the smallest doll. 

Persian Dolls, mixed media on Matryoshka dolls, 2009
Persian Dolls, mixed media on Matryoshka dolls, 2009
Persian Dolls, mixed media on Matryoshka dolls, 2009
Persian Dolls, mixed media on Matryoshka dolls, 2009
Islamables Mehrab Shelf, mixed media on wood and worn handbags, 2004-2007
Islamables Mehrab Shelf, mixed media on wood and worn handbags, 2004-2007

A shrine to the baggage of identity, featuring bags that I painted on and wore from 2004-2007. It was formally inspired by American Orientalist design, and by the blue-tiled Mehrabs from Isfahan, Iran.  

Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2007
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2007
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2007
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2007
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2006
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2006
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2007
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2007
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2006
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2006
Ornament, mixed media on styrofoam, 2007
Ornament, mixed media on styrofoam, 2007
Suffocating Loveseat Sectional, 2007
Suffocating Loveseat Sectional, 2007
Suffocating Loveseat Sectional, mixed media, upholstery and fabric on plywood, 2007
Suffocating Loveseat Sectional, mixed media, upholstery and fabric on plywood, 2007

Original installation, for my 2007 Solo Exhibition at LMAK Projects in Williamsburg, curated by Sara Reisman.  Rug courtesy of Sara Reisman.

Detail of Suffocating Loveseat Sectional
Detail of Suffocating Loveseat Sectional
Detail of Suffocating Loveseat Sectional
Detail of Suffocating Loveseat Sectional
Suffocating Loveseat Sectional, mixed media, upholstery and fabric on plywood, 2007
Suffocating Loveseat Sectional, mixed media, upholstery and fabric on plywood, 2007

This photo shows the piece as it was exhibited in Rutgers University in 2012 as part of the Fertile Crescent Exhibition.  Persian Rug courtesy of Iradj Javid. 

Look at Me! Don't Look at Me!, 2014
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me!, 2014
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me!, 2014
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me!, 2014
Look At Me! Don't Look At Me! (Orientalist Cylinder Seal), 2014, mixed media on styrofoam
Look At Me! Don't Look At Me! (Orientalist Cylinder Seal), 2014, mixed media on styrofoam
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me! (Odalisque Taking A Selfie), 2014, mixed media on styrofoam
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me! (Odalisque Taking A Selfie), 2014, mixed media on styrofoam
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me! (THEY can have LIGHT eyes!), 2014, mixed media on styrofoam
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me! (THEY can have LIGHT eyes!), 2014, mixed media on styrofoam
Child Protective Eyewear, mixed media on toddler's sunglasses, 2013-2014
Child Protective Eyewear, mixed media on toddler's sunglasses, 2013-2014
Fragments (Ongoing), mixed media on found styrofoam fragments
Fragments (Ongoing), mixed media on found styrofoam fragments

Bas-relief narratives painted on styrofoam fragments found off the street, and from personal household purchases --remnants of our consumerist civilization.  

SIde View - Fragment 3, mixed media on found styrofoam, 2013
SIde View - Fragment 3, mixed media on found styrofoam, 2013
Fragment 3, mixed media on found styrofoam, 2013
Fragment 3, mixed media on found styrofoam, 2013
Side view, Fragment 1
Side view, Fragment 1
Fragment 1, mixed media on found styrofoam, 2012
Fragment 1, mixed media on found styrofoam, 2012
Fragment 2, mixed media on found styrofoam, mounted and framed on wood and fabric in plexiglass, 2013
Fragment 2, mixed media on found styrofoam, mounted and framed on wood and fabric in plexiglass, 2013
Fragment 2, mixed media on found styrofoam,
Fragment 2, mixed media on found styrofoam,
Antiterror Matryoshka Dolls, mixed media painted over "American Antiterror"-themed dolls, 2007
Persian Dolls, mixed media on Matryoshka dolls, 2009
Persian Dolls, mixed media on Matryoshka dolls, 2009
Islamables Mehrab Shelf, mixed media on wood and worn handbags, 2004-2007
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2007
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2007
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2006
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2007
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2006
Ornament, mixed media on styrofoam, 2007
Suffocating Loveseat Sectional, 2007
Suffocating Loveseat Sectional, mixed media, upholstery and fabric on plywood, 2007
Detail of Suffocating Loveseat Sectional
Detail of Suffocating Loveseat Sectional
Suffocating Loveseat Sectional, mixed media, upholstery and fabric on plywood, 2007
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me!, 2014
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me!, 2014
Look At Me! Don't Look At Me! (Orientalist Cylinder Seal), 2014, mixed media on styrofoam
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me! (Odalisque Taking A Selfie), 2014, mixed media on styrofoam
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me! (THEY can have LIGHT eyes!), 2014, mixed media on styrofoam
Child Protective Eyewear, mixed media on toddler's sunglasses, 2013-2014
Fragments (Ongoing), mixed media on found styrofoam fragments
SIde View - Fragment 3, mixed media on found styrofoam, 2013
Fragment 3, mixed media on found styrofoam, 2013
Side view, Fragment 1
Fragment 1, mixed media on found styrofoam, 2012
Fragment 2, mixed media on found styrofoam, mounted and framed on wood and fabric in plexiglass, 2013
Fragment 2, mixed media on found styrofoam,
Antiterror Matryoshka Dolls, mixed media painted over "American Antiterror"-themed dolls, 2007

Graffittied-over 9/11-themed Matryoshka Dolls.  I preserved the underpainting from the original dolls only where it says "American-Antiterror" at the base of the Chador-clad largest doll; and the American flag on the smallest doll. 

Persian Dolls, mixed media on Matryoshka dolls, 2009
Persian Dolls, mixed media on Matryoshka dolls, 2009
Islamables Mehrab Shelf, mixed media on wood and worn handbags, 2004-2007

A shrine to the baggage of identity, featuring bags that I painted on and wore from 2004-2007. It was formally inspired by American Orientalist design, and by the blue-tiled Mehrabs from Isfahan, Iran.  

Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2007
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2007
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2006
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2007
Islamables, mixed media on handbag, 2004-2006
Ornament, mixed media on styrofoam, 2007
Suffocating Loveseat Sectional, 2007
Suffocating Loveseat Sectional, mixed media, upholstery and fabric on plywood, 2007

Original installation, for my 2007 Solo Exhibition at LMAK Projects in Williamsburg, curated by Sara Reisman.  Rug courtesy of Sara Reisman.

Detail of Suffocating Loveseat Sectional
Detail of Suffocating Loveseat Sectional
Suffocating Loveseat Sectional, mixed media, upholstery and fabric on plywood, 2007

This photo shows the piece as it was exhibited in Rutgers University in 2012 as part of the Fertile Crescent Exhibition.  Persian Rug courtesy of Iradj Javid. 

Look at Me! Don't Look at Me!, 2014
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me!, 2014
Look At Me! Don't Look At Me! (Orientalist Cylinder Seal), 2014, mixed media on styrofoam
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me! (Odalisque Taking A Selfie), 2014, mixed media on styrofoam
Look at Me! Don't Look at Me! (THEY can have LIGHT eyes!), 2014, mixed media on styrofoam
Child Protective Eyewear, mixed media on toddler's sunglasses, 2013-2014
Fragments (Ongoing), mixed media on found styrofoam fragments

Bas-relief narratives painted on styrofoam fragments found off the street, and from personal household purchases --remnants of our consumerist civilization.  

SIde View - Fragment 3, mixed media on found styrofoam, 2013
Fragment 3, mixed media on found styrofoam, 2013
Side view, Fragment 1
Fragment 1, mixed media on found styrofoam, 2012
Fragment 2, mixed media on found styrofoam, mounted and framed on wood and fabric in plexiglass, 2013
Fragment 2, mixed media on found styrofoam,
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