I create surrealistic mixed media paintings that are metaphors of my experiences and inspirations; my worldview is filtered through my feminine perception and that resonates with others, especially women. My pieces often carry multiple meanings and often reference my favorite artists and moments in art history, from Russian icons to Rembrandt to Dalí to Damien Hirst. My artwork also continues the legacy of Erté, but through my unique fantasies, designs, and mosaic technique, and is focused more on being artwork than costume design.
My latest series of paintings also combines personally significant iconography with widely understood symbols, such as the heart, dollar sign, or yin-yang. The repetition of the symbols has a trance-inducing, mantra-like quality. I use symbols as a representation of my hopes, aspirations, and experienceslove symbols come from my experience of being in love, while prosperity symbols stem from my family’s experience of living as impoverished immigrants and striving for years for a better life. While my artworks are somewhat self-portraits, often filled with personal symbolism, the emotions they evoke are nonetheless relatable to the viewer.
I am passionate about the masterful execution of my paintings as well as the execution of the mixed media surfaces. My travels to Venice and Istanbul inspired the intricate glass bead mosaic. I adopted the ancient Byzantine mosaic technique and interpreted it in a contemporary way, with glass beads instead of tesserae. Each bead of my intricate mosaic represents an atom of which all matterand all of lifeis made up. Each bead is a molecule of my daily lifepeople, situations, conversations, etc.incorporated with a surrealistic expression of my various inspirations.
Inspired by Damien Hirst, I started using butterfly wings as a fascinating new medium. The wings’ iridescent quality and numerous connotations give my pieces a different meaning and unique visual magic. Furthermore, the butterflies I use are “farmed” in rainforest nations worldwide. Families in India, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia collect, farm, and sell insect specimens instead of destroying valuable rainforests for logging or agricultural land. The butterfly farmers of these nations help prevent rainforest deforestation, which makes my pieces eco-friendly.