The “100 Destinies” installation was commissioned by the Westchester Arts Council for the 2015 exhibition “Crossing Borders” and funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Exhibition Review in the New York Times April 12, 2015 (site link) “Escaping the Past…Or Embracing it Before it Fades” by Susan Hodara (pdf)
Exhibition Catalogue for “Reverberating Echoes” View or purchase the catalogue for the exhibition, with essays by curator Carol Bier
About the installation: Following an old Persian tradition, I consulted the 14th century mystic poet Hafez about my future by opening a book of his poetry: a divination practice called “bibliomancy.” The installation includes Hafez poems collected over 100 consecutive days, and a hand-painted silk garment with the Farsi word for destiny, “Sar-Nevesht,” in repeat pattern, with connecting threads to each poem. I invited viewers to ask questions about their own destiny, and take an answer from several copies made from the book.