about the artist
Growing up in the East in the '60s, I struggled against a patriarchal society with notions of who one is. This rigid social construct also defined where one ought to be relative to the greater whole. The question of my own identity had loomed large as a child. At age 13, I moved to the West and this sudden unmooring deepened my quest for a clearer understanding of who and where I am.
My work is about how self-identities get made. I examine the areas between how others see us and how we define ourselves. I look for connections to my past and also to imagined futures. Mapping out my place in the world, I am also exploring our shared need to locate ourselves in the universe.
I dismantle the known and the expected social and cultural norms. Then I rebuild. Working in different materials and mediums, I weave the deconstructed pieces of information into new abstract narratives. This re-imagining is a way to question the systemic cultural web that society uses to define and bind us. I often layer opposing elements to hint at the tensions that underlie the stability of this web.