Burnt Fabric:

 This work is a personal response to the incomprehensible and tragic humanitarian crisis taking place in the Middle east. I investigate the cultural and human element of war and displacement, using the unique designs and patterns found in the art and architecture of the region.  I examine the destruction of Syria’s culture and civilization due to civil war, extremism and global politics. My inspiration for the series is based on my travels in the Middle east as a western woman as well as my ongoing work with a Syrian family relocated to Victoria, Canada. The wood surfaces of my paintings withstand destructive practices such as hacking, sanding, chemicals and burning. The panels are floated off the wall to create a feeling of surreal impermanency. These paintings are a meditation on resilience in the face of violence, but also an expression of sadness at the loss of so much that is sacred and beautiful. As homes, holy mosques and shrines burn, so does the very fabric of this culturally rich country.

Umayyad Lost

Umayyad Lost

Oil on Birch board 38" x 46"

Witness

Witness

oil on birch board 48"x 36"

new beginnings

new beginnings

oil on birch board 48"x 36"

Sacred burning

Sacred burning

Oil on wood 36"x 46"

Aida

Aida

22"x30" Oil on birch board

Babylonian Burden

Babylonian Burden

22"x30" oil on birch board

Waiting

Waiting

Oil on wood 22"x30"

Red Metal

Red Metal

Oil & mixed media on wood 36" x 42"

Left Behind #3

Left Behind #3

oil on wood 9"x 12"

Left Behind #1

Left Behind #1

Left Behind #4

Left Behind #4

Left Behind #2

Left Behind #2

Fabric threads

Fabric threads

Oil on wood 22" x 30"

Passage of Hope

Passage of Hope

Oil & mixed media on wood 24" x 48"

Wallpaper

Wallpaper

24"x24" Oil & mixed media on Birch board

Past & Present

Past & Present

Oil on Birch board 22"x 30"

Arrival

Arrival

oil on Canvas 36"x 48"