Visual Poetry

Today I print what is in my heart. I cut paper stencils and screenprinted my own messages. BEFIERCE bekind  series is based in Buddhist philosophy. We are encouraged to be fierce and lean in often. I consider being fierce and kind at the same time. ACHEART , HEATHEART  and HEARTHURTS  prints are the core of Persian poetry. Persian literature is steeped in desire and heartache. At the time, I was researching artists who used language in their artwork to express messages directly. I found the work of Corita Kent and became inspired by her colorful provocative prints. She was a nun and educator in Los Angeles who made screenprints calling for peace and justice, most notably in the 60’s and 70’s.

Making visual poetry is a liberating process because there is no limit to what I can describe. In this work words become containers for emotion. I experiment with them visually—letters become shapes and lose their meaning. The word itself and the message is important—but it is a starting point. It is important that the energy and playfulness is present in the prints.

HEAT HEART screenprint WSW Talk at WSW - I had the fortune of teaching a screenprinting workshop at…
TENDHER 2015 Screenprint on Rives BFK paper 28 x 20 inches Corita Kent - TENDHER 2015 Screenprint on Rives BFK paper 28 x 20…
BEFIERCE/bekind Be - Bound screenprints on kozo paper. 2014.
BLACK HEARTS 2014 Screenprints on kozo paper 40 x 21 inches Heart #5 - BLACK HEARTS 2014 Screenprints on kozo paper 40 x 21…
ACHE pink Ache - ACHE pink 2014 Screenprint with beet juice, sumi ink and…
Cold heart Cold - Screenprint on kozo paper. 2014
WARRIOR/WORRIER Warrior - screenprints on Kozo paper, 2013 I exhibited this work at…
Surrender Installation Surrender - SURRENDER installation Screenprint on kozo paper. 2014Photography and animation by…
HEAT HEART artist book Heat - HEAT HEART 2013 Screenprint on kozo paper 24 x 14…
HEART HURTS artist book Word Play - Screenprint on kozo paper. 2014