Part I October 2013
Part II May 2014
Interactive art Exhibition
Little Stories In The Sand: Reconstructed Identities
Radiant Hall Studios
This exhibition present an installation of boxes full of soft sea sand surrounded by miniatures objects. The exhibition is a process and presentation that take place while visitors become active participants. The random visitors are invited to play and use imagination while creating in a small sand tray container an installation of a small world. By creating the installation it is possible to play and refer to a story, a segment of event, a thought or a statement. This process-installation create an option for reconstructing a personal story through artistic means. The visual story may be driven from the objects/symbols can be unconscious process and or a conscious experience.
Stories manifest situations, scripts, state of mind, identity, relationships, and more. The presentation of the story-installation is open for interpretation by the viewer, it present its self by symbols in a specific setting and relations between the objects in it pre-chosen sand tray. The creators are invited to reflect on their installation in writing a story , a poem, a statement etc and other viewers are invited to write a short story on a chosen installation.
The sand as material brings another dimension of softness, fluidity, a space to hide, disappear and be covered by sand or appears and reviled from the sand. The use of readymade objects, the chosen object, it’s symbolic meaning in relation to other objects in the contained setting create its own story.
The tray/container gives a ground and holding to the preformed or projected stories that holds notion of the self and may hold just as much notion of the viewer’s story and as such can be re-narrated.
This exhibition is partially interactive. There are sand boxes ready for the visitors to use and create their own stories.
*Sand tray is a symbolic projective therapeutic approach used in the art therapy field that provide a nonverbal tool to understand notions and state of self.
I am a thinker, but sometimes my thoughts clamped down. Like when I try to think about WHY I did something like this art.
My piece is about justice and equal rights. We always see religion as a big no no to homosexuality. So I chose Jesus as the partner of the man with the tux. The oven and stove as well as the bike represent the home life. The child in front of them is theirs which they care for. The scale shows balance. And the cage bird shows freedom & love that must be allowed to go free. The flouers of their wedding which are holding back the monster that will always be there. The anti-lovers will fight but love conquers them.
A bird got lost in my garage. He was crying for his mom feeding him. I tried to feed him. I brought water and a piece of bread to him but he didn’t eat. I felt desperate. Next morning I found him dead in my garage. I felt more desperate
List of Selected Exhibition
· Art adcocacy speaks; art for social change. Spinning Plate, Pittsburgh, PA (International)
· Footsteps In The Sand, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (SOLO)
· Cutting, (FGM) Fiber International, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA (International)
· Relationships, Small Works, FrameHouse & Jask gallry,PSA, Pittsburgh, PA (AWARD)
· Re new Festival. GPAC Pittsburgh exhibtion. Pittsburgh, PA.
· Slippery Rock University, Global images of U.S. Women. US (Travelling Exhibition)
· Cycle, Chatham University Gallery. Curetted exhibition. Micro/Macrocosms. Pittsburgh, PA.
· Rituals and the Docile Body. CA Gallery Baltimore, MD, (SOLO)
· Cutting Series Suffolk University. Widening the Cycle, Boston, MA (International)
· Modernformations Retrospective. Pittsburgh, PA.
· Object I & I, Butler Ins. of American Art, AAP Annual. Howland Township. OH
· Remnant, Public Collection for hidden art works, Amsterdam, The Netherland. (International)
· Annual exhibition of PSA, Panza Gallery. Millevaile. PA
· Malala, Small works, Most Wanted Fine Arts. Pittsburgh, PA.
· Lost Game, Carnegie International Response, 3ed St. .Gallery Carnegie, PA
· Menstrual Wedding Dress, Venues Madonna & Eve. Int. Images, Sewickley, PA
· Annual PSA, Father Ryan’s Art Center, McKee’s Rocks, PA
· Sanctuary, Panza Gallery, Millville, PA
· IN VISIBLE: When personal is Political, Modernformations Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA . (SOLO)
· Veterans Expression. FE Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA
· Collective, Christine Frechard Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
· Shelter, One Mellon Center Gallery, Society for Contemporary Craft. Pittsburgh, PA.
· Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
· Thread from the Body to Soul, Borelli Eduard Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.
· Earth, Holocaust Memorial Exhibition, Lesley University Art Gallery Boston, MS
· ‘Earth and Fire’, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, PCA, Pittsburgh, PA. (AWARD)
· ‘Testimony’ American Art Therapy Association, Sheraton, Chicago, IL
· Inside Out, Mendelson Gallery Pittsburgh, PA (SOLO)
· Women’s Reflection, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
· Witticisms, Criticisms, Cynicism, Print group Guild, PCA, Pittsburgh, PA.( AWARD)
· Open Spaces. Sarah Arman. Tel Aviv, Israel (SOLO)
2016 Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Framhouse & jack gallery. Pittsburgh, PA.
2015 Chelsea international competition, Agora Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Pittsburgh, PA
2004 Pittsburgh Print Group Witticisms, Criticisms, Cynicism, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Pittsburgh, PA
Community Art Projects
2017 Art as Therapy workshops for refugees relocated in Pittsburgh.
2014 Little Stories in the Sand, part II, Radiant Halls Open House Studios
2013 Little Stories in the Sand, part I, Radiant Hall Open House Studios
2012 The “Face” of Epilepsy, Naamat House, Andy Warhol Museum, Ed. Exhibition.