Rug Life furthers ideas I began exploring several years ago to unify the two hemispheres of my ancestry. The themes derive from family history and identity. The textiles and carpets are a link to my paternal side, while the birds and carvings are a link to my maternal side. Much of the source material relies on my observations and photographs of avian life around the Bay Area. Often, I place drawings and paintings of the birds in the rich and varied textures of familial or researched rug images.
In the latest work, to illuminate the intricacies of natural and manmade patterns, I sought new methods and varied tactile techniques. With the mosaic series I dissected and reassembled previous works into patterns found in Armenian rugs and textiles. In the icon series I was inspired by miniature paintings of revered saints and biblical depictions to create a series of “bird saints”. In several paintings the character of a bird messenger appears. My version of this bird flies in four scenes, depicting the four cardinal directions echoing themes of physical and metaphorical migrations. I am excited about the interpretative possibilities and where I can take them.