DETAIL: Infinity - Quadrant 4
       
     
Infinity - Quadrant 1
       
     
Infinity - Quadrants 3 & 4
       
     
Infinity - Quadrant 3
       
     
DETAIL: Infinity - Quadrant 3
       
     
DETAIL: Infinity (Side View)
       
     
Octagonal Meditations Exhibition
       
     
Octagonal Meditations
       
     
Adhan (tower) and Infinity (wall)
       
     
Adhan (Arabic: Call to Prayer)
       
     
Adhan (Arabic: Call to Prayer)
       
     
Adhan (Arabic: Call to Prayer)
       
     
Adhan (Arabic: Call to Prayer)
       
     
Gallery View
       
     
Gallery View
       
     
Interior Castle
       
     
Interior Castle - Gallery View
       
     
Rub el Hizb (Arabic: Eight-pointed Star)
       
     
Rub el Hizb 1
       
     
Rub el Hizb 2
       
     
Rub el Hizb 3
       
     
Rub el Hizb 4
       
     
Theotokos Kyriotissa Church/Kalenderhane Mosque – Homage
       
     
DETAIL: Theotokos Kyriotissa Church/Kalenderhane Mosque – Homage
       
     
Theotokos Kyriotissa Church/Kalenderhane Mosque – Homage
       
     
Theotokos (pedestal) Morning and Evening Prayer (wall)
       
     
Morning and Evening Prayer
       
     
Heaven (Gallery View)
       
     
Heaven
       
     
Heaven
       
     
Heaven
       
     
DETAIL: Heaven
       
     
Heaven (foreground) & Jannah (background)
       
     
Jannah (Arabic: Heaven)
       
     
Jannah (Arabic: Heaven)
       
     
Jannah (Arabic: Heaven)
       
     
DETAIL: Jannah (Arabic: Heaven)
       
     
Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage
       
     
Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage
       
     
Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage
       
     
Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage
       
     
Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage
       
     
DETAIL: Infinity - Quadrant 4
       
     
DETAIL: Infinity - Quadrant 4

Mixed media on basswood, 12 x 12 x 6 inches, 2017

Infinity - Quadrant 1
       
     
Infinity - Quadrant 1

Mixed media on basswood, 12 x 12 x 6 inches, 2017

Infinity - Quadrants 3 & 4
       
     
Infinity - Quadrants 3 & 4

Mixed media on basswood, each: 12 x 12 x 6 inches, 2017

Infinity - Quadrant 3
       
     
Infinity - Quadrant 3

Mixed media on basswood, 12 x 12 x 6 inches, 2017

DETAIL: Infinity - Quadrant 3
       
     
DETAIL: Infinity - Quadrant 3

Mixed media on basswood, 12 x 12 x 6 inches, 2017

DETAIL: Infinity (Side View)
       
     
DETAIL: Infinity (Side View)

Mixed media on basswood, 4 parts, each: 12 x 12 x 6 inches, 2017

Octagonal Meditations Exhibition
       
     
Octagonal Meditations Exhibition

Gallery View: Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Illinois, January 13 - February 17, 2017

Octagonal Meditations
       
     
Octagonal Meditations

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Illinois, Jan 13 - Feb 17, 2017

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And the angels will be on its sides, and eight will, that Day, bear the Throne of thy Lord above them. 
                        – Quran 69:17

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace be unto you.” 

– John 20:26

Eight is numerically significant in the stories, history, art, and architecture of Islam and Christianity. According to the Muslim tradition, eight angels bear the throne of God and the Prophet Muhammad revealed that there are eight gates to heaven. In Christianity there are eight beatitudes, the risen Christ appears to his disciples on the eighth day, and he appears a total of eight times after his resurrection. Both traditions offer multiple examples of the use of eight and share grounding in the Judaic use of eight found in the old testament and Torah, wherein Noah had eight with him on the arc, and the feast of the Tabernacle occurred on the eight day.

Eight is centrally important to living sights of both Islamic and Christian worship in Istanbul, Turkey, where I travelled during the summer of 2015 with support from a research grant by Ohio University. Istanbul’s architecture in particular demonstrates the adaptation of Christian architectural forms into Islam as it initially spread throughout the region (most notably seen in Hagia Sophia). As I visited, the use of the octagon was a source of inspiration…mediation—found in complex architectural forms, infinite patterning in carved wood, stone, ceramics, textiles, and illuminated manuscripts. It is a testament to the power of geometry, particularly in the case of these two great living Faiths, where it not only generates mesmerizing forms, but where it also symbolically expresses deeper theological meanings for the faithful. 

Eight is figuratively central to the work presented in this exhibition, which draws from the architectural spaces, decorative arts, and illuminated manuscripts of both Faith traditions. My work is not meant as a commentary of any kind but is intended as thoughtful and playful meditations which reverence these great religious histories and living traditions. 

 

Adhan (tower) and Infinity (wall)
       
     
Adhan (tower) and Infinity (wall)

Gallery View: Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Illinois, January 13 - February 17, 2017

Adhan (Arabic: Call to Prayer)
       
     
Adhan (Arabic: Call to Prayer)

Mixed media on basswood, 8 x 8 x 36 inches, 2017

 

Adhan (Arabic: Call to Prayer)
       
     
Adhan (Arabic: Call to Prayer)

Mixed media on basswood, 8 x 8 x 36 inches, 2017

Adhan (Arabic: Call to Prayer)
       
     
Adhan (Arabic: Call to Prayer)

Mixed media on basswood, 8 x 8 x 36 inches, 2017

 

Adhan (Arabic: Call to Prayer)
       
     
Adhan (Arabic: Call to Prayer)

Mixed media on basswood, 8 x 8 x 36 inches, 2017

 

Gallery View
       
     
Gallery View

Gallery View: Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Illinois, January 13 - February 17, 2017

Gallery View
       
     
Gallery View

Gallery View: Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Illinois, January 13 - February 17, 2017

Interior Castle
       
     
Interior Castle

Balsa wood, 24 x 24 x 16 inches, 2016

Interior Castle - Gallery View
       
     
Interior Castle - Gallery View

Balsa wood, 24 x 24 x 16 inches, 2016

Rub el Hizb (Arabic: Eight-pointed Star)
       
     
Rub el Hizb (Arabic: Eight-pointed Star)

Mixed media on paper, 4 parts each: 9 x 11 inches, 2017

Rub el Hizb 1
       
     
Rub el Hizb 1

Mixed Media on paper, 9 x 11 inches, 2017

Rub el Hizb 2
       
     
Rub el Hizb 2

Mixed Media on paper, 9 x 11 inches, 2017

Rub el Hizb 3
       
     
Rub el Hizb 3

Mixed Media on paper, 9 x 11 inches, 2017

Rub el Hizb 4
       
     
Rub el Hizb 4

Mixed Media on paper, 9 x 11 inches, 2017

Theotokos Kyriotissa Church/Kalenderhane Mosque – Homage
       
     
Theotokos Kyriotissa Church/Kalenderhane Mosque – Homage

Mixed media on paper and balsa wood, 9 x 12 x 10 inchess, 2017

DETAIL: Theotokos Kyriotissa Church/Kalenderhane Mosque – Homage
       
     
DETAIL: Theotokos Kyriotissa Church/Kalenderhane Mosque – Homage

Mixed media on paper and balsa wood, 9 x 12 x 10 inchess, 2017

 

Theotokos Kyriotissa Church/Kalenderhane Mosque – Homage
       
     
Theotokos Kyriotissa Church/Kalenderhane Mosque – Homage

Mixed media on paper and balsa wood, 9 x 12 x 10 inchess, 2017

Theotokos (pedestal) Morning and Evening Prayer (wall)
       
     
Theotokos (pedestal) Morning and Evening Prayer (wall)

Gallery View: Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Illinois, January 13 - February 17, 2017

Morning and Evening Prayer
       
     
Morning and Evening Prayer

Mixed media on bass wood, two panels each: 16 x 16 x 7 inches, 2017

 

Heaven (Gallery View)
       
     
Heaven (Gallery View)

Mixed media on bass wood with light and mirror in two parts, each approx 16 x 16 x 7 inches, 2017

Heaven
       
     
Heaven

Mixed media on bass wood with light and mirror in two parts, each approx 16 x 16 x 7 inches, 2017

 

Heaven
       
     
Heaven

Mixed media on bass wood with light and mirror in two parts
16 x 16 x 7 inches, 2017

Heaven
       
     
Heaven

Mixed media on bass wood with light and mirror in two parts
16 x 16 x 7 inches, 2017

 

DETAIL: Heaven
       
     
DETAIL: Heaven

Mixed media on bass wood with light and mirror in two parts
16 x 16 x 7 inches, 2017

 

Heaven (foreground) & Jannah (background)
       
     
Heaven (foreground) & Jannah (background)

Gallery View: Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Illinois, January 13 - February 17, 2017

Jannah (Arabic: Heaven)
       
     
Jannah (Arabic: Heaven)

Mixed media on bass wood with light and mirror in two parts
16 x 16 x 7 inches, 2017

 

Jannah (Arabic: Heaven)
       
     
Jannah (Arabic: Heaven)

Mixed media on bass wood with light and mirror in two parts
16 x 16 x 7 inches, 2017

 

Jannah (Arabic: Heaven)
       
     
Jannah (Arabic: Heaven)

Mixed media on bass wood with light and mirror in two parts
16 x 16 x 7 inches, 2017

 

DETAIL: Jannah (Arabic: Heaven)
       
     
DETAIL: Jannah (Arabic: Heaven)

Mixed media on bass wood with light and mirror in two parts
16 x 16 x 7 inches, 2017

 

Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage
       
     
Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage

Balsa wood, 12 x 10 x 24 inches, 2016

Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage
       
     
Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage

Balsa wood, 12 x 10 x 24 inches, 2016

Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage
       
     
Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage

Balsa wood, 12 x 10 x 24 inches, 2016

Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage
       
     
Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage

Balsa wood, 12 x 10 x 24 inches, 2016

Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage
       
     
Surp Nshan (Armenian: Church of the Holy Cross) – Homage

Balsa wood, 12 x 10 x 24 inches, 2016