The following works deal with the theme of architecture, inspired by the Islamic architecture of Iran, where I lived for 2 years; the indigenous architecture of Native American cultures in the American Southwest, where I grew up; the cliff dwellings of Cappadocia, Turkey; and animal architecture.
"Arch Fragment: The Omniscient" is based on the Islamic architecture and patterns that I saw in Iran. "The Omniscient" is one of the 99 names of Allah. Canvas, earth, wood; 30"x32"x5"; 1990.
"Cappadocia" is inspired by the cave dwellings carved into tufa formations in the Cappadocia region of Turkey. Molded canvas, earth, gator board, 37"x58"x3"; 1988.
"Women, Heaven, Allah" refers to Islamic architecture and calligraphy. The title contains the three words inscribed on the arches. Canvas, earth, wood, 40"x58"x6"; 1989.
"Wasp House" juxtaposes the intricate and sophisticated architecture of a hornet's nest with human architecture, in a hybrid of human and animal material culture. Suitcase, masonite, hornet nest paper, paint; 13"x21"x13"; 1993.
"Looted Burial Site, Andean Plateau" is an imaginary depiction of a ruin. It is a commentary on the widespread destruction of sacred Native American sites. It is one piece in an installation of 12 works called "The Armchair Traveler", exhibited in 1992. It consists of scenes--based on real or imaginary places--in suitcases. The installation addresses the nature, role and consequences of travel and tourism in the world today. Suitcase, earth, styrofoam; 9"x15"x7"; 1991.