“Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.” -Herbert Simon
Illuminate is a body of work that consists of two art series, a nightlight lamp series and a hanging lantern series. My artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. This project combines a world issue with sculpture and graphic design elements with an Asian influence. The overall body of work illustrates the Syrian Refugee crisis and war from a child’s standpoint. Children are often overlooked in this crisis and war and as a way of expressing themselves they have used art. Nightlights light up a space that is dark and they are symbolic of keeping children’s fears at bay. They are a great representation of childhood innocence. Conceptually, the underlying message behind this whole art series is to shed light on an otherwise dark topic. I wanted to take an existing situation and change it into a preferred one.
SEE of People
Laser cut vellum | 2018
Based off of the phrase “A Sea of People”.
No one in this world’s conflict stands out.Everyone needs help and not one person needs it more than the other. This lantern series is to depict the idea that no one stands out in the Syrian refugee crisis and war, no matter what their story is or whom they are; they are lost within the crowd of people.
Laser Cut Plexi & Red Oak | 2018
Border: a line separating two political or geographical areas, especially countries; the edge or boundary of something.
Many Syrians have fled the country due to the conflict. Some have found asylum in other countries while many have gotten stuck in refugee camps or have not even managed to leave Syria. A border, either figuratively or physically, whether good or bad, confines. This nightlight lamp series is to depict the ideas that while some get out many do not. And for the ones that do are they truly free?