The assignment was to come to class dressed up as someone or something other than yourself. I chose to wear a hijab because I want to shed more light on the Muslim identity. People are quick to judge when they see someone in a hijab, and I want to challenge those stereotypes. This is a watercolor painting where we learned the skill of controlling watercolor to make flat, smooth gradients.
Book art is typically thought of as creating something inside of a book, or folding the pages to make a cool design. I waned to use the book in a different way. I cut the books into odd shapes, folded the pages, and adhered them to a wooden kabob.
I studied abroad in Rome, Italy in the summer of 2016. I took a weekend excursion in France where I made charcoal drawings of my favorite places and views.
This drawing was inspired by art, architecture, interior design, and graphic design elements. Each space contains a pattern, plan, or image that represents one of the areas of study.
This sculpture represents the sadness and acceptance of death. The sharp and dangerous chicken wire is in the shape of a tombstone. The flowers hint at the rebirth, growth, and beauty of souls.
This is a still life made up of miscellaneous objects around the drawing studio. This drawing is on black paper, and I used white charcoal to draw the light instead of the typical technique of drawing the shadows.
I studied abroad in Rome, Italy in the summer of 2016. These are charcoal drawings that I made while traveling.
Don't judge a book by it's cover -- aloe is a natural and cooling substance that is great for healing scars and sunburns. Aloe could be perceived as dangerous because it has pointy skin, so I wanted to emphasize the dual interpretation of aloe in this painting.
This is a watercolor painting where I experimented with different techniques using salt, alcohol, and masking fluid to make interesting patterns and layers.
I studied abroad in Rome, Italy in the summer of 2016. These are watercolor studies that I made while traveling.