“Garments of Silk and Gold” Journal of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies (Vol. 29, No. 1) Interview by John Shorb: a retrospective of my studio work and the inspiration of mystic poetry in my textile installations
Exhibition Catalogue for “Reverberating Echoes” With essays by curator Carol Bier
Fios1 Artist Interview for “Crossing Borders” exhibition 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)
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 seek the answer in a Persian-English translation.