When we need it the most we are told not to touch. Touching suddenly became the most scary and dangerous thing. The lonely crowds of the metropolises have become more strangers and lonelier than ever before.
My recent paintings orchestrate multiple figures entangled with each other surrounded by inflatables and toys, painted in vivid colors with details of textiles, and patterns. I use inflatables as a metaphor for the ephemerality of pure joy and happiness. They also represent the false sense of security, and questions our constant drive for satisfaction and pleasure.
I come from a family of generations of immigrants, and being the first member in the Americas no doubt images of boats and inflatables immediately remind me of the trials and tribulations of immigrants and refugees. But I deliberately stay away from negative elements in my art. Underneath the joyful colors and celebration there lies layers about longing for connection, equality and justice. I point out issues about displacement while emphasizing on the values that keep us going and give us hope. Through my art I advert love, trust and togetherness.
Observing the loneliness and need for attention, accompanied with consumerism frenzy globally, my art evolved from being about my personal displacement crisis, to capturing the universal emotional state, especially during constant global social and environmental problems. While emphasizing on celebration of togetherness and trust, my work also explores the definitions of freedom and happiness.