I am a recipient of a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar award 2018-19 (Research) awarded by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). Utilizing largely qualitative methods, I am interested in experimental typography and integrating methods of design and art and designing spaces for a meaningful human experience. Quality indicators of my research include acceptances to major conference presentations. My work derives its inspiration from experiences and historical references, telling a story, as human architecture conveys emotion through form.
As a visual communication scholar, I truly believe my research informs my practice. My research and scholarly creative work is multi-dimensional and focused on non-Latin based type within the cultural, social, geographical, and technological contexts. I am interested in script as an expression of visual aesthetic, beyond its role as functional type. The desired goal is to broaden the dialogue in non-Latin based type design and culture at the global level.
I believe that creativity is spiritual, whatever the medium. I like to think of my paintings as visual poetry, a glimpse into the soul. My work is both abstract and representational; a combination of loose gestural strokes and bold color that make the canvases exude primal vigor and spiritual power. My work derives its inspiration from personal experiences and historical references – the places I have traveled – the people I have met. They provoke a visceral connection to human emotions transcended by time and geographical location.
The style has a modernist, abstract quality while the images draw inspiration from the unique cultures of the world: the old with the new, side by side, always evolving. These works reflect the richness of fulfillment manifest in a balance of communal and individual endeavor.