Bees,Frogs, Endangered animals 

Spoonful of Honey   20 x35 x3  embroidery hoops, organza, thread  2012  Many hours were spent in hand-embroidering these bees, but they pale compared to the entire life times' work of three bees in producing a spoonful of honey.

Spoonful of Honey

20 x35 x3

embroidery hoops, organza, thread

2012

Many hours were spent in hand-embroidering these bees, but they pale compared to the entire life times' work of three bees in producing a spoonful of honey.

The Lost Tribe   28 x 17 x 28 inches  Poultry netting, organza, thread  2013  A fragmented torso stands as a metaphor for the worldwide crises that the bees face: pesticides, disease bred from feeding on monocrops, and human-engineered, forced migration. As if in desperation, hand-embroidered bees swarm a human-shaped, yet headless, hive.

The Lost Tribe

28 x 17 x 28 inches

Poultry netting, organza, thread

2013

A fragmented torso stands as a metaphor for the worldwide crises that the bees face: pesticides, disease bred from feeding on monocrops, and human-engineered, forced migration. As if in desperation, hand-embroidered bees swarm a human-shaped, yet headless, hive.

Vanishing Bees   Installation  slide sleeves, ink, light box and catalogue drawers  2010

Vanishing Bees

Installation

slide sleeves, ink, light box and catalogue drawers

2010

Detail of  Vanishing Bees ,   Light box  This installation visually explores the collapse of bee colonies. Each drawer holds hand drawn bees on slide sleeves, and the growing number of slides documents the increasing cases of lost bee hives reported since 2005 to 2010

Detail of Vanishing Bees, Light box

This installation visually explores the collapse of bee colonies. Each drawer holds hand drawn bees on slide sleeves, and the growing number of slides documents the increasing cases of lost bee hives reported since 2005 to 2010

Toxic Habits   IInstallation: varying in length 11 x 72 x 5 inches  Cotton remnant, 2-liter soda bottles  2010  These cotton frogs are fashioned after actual deformed ones found near industrial cornfields in Minnesota. Monocrop farming, such as corn and cotton generate massive amount of toxins and pollution: from their almost complete dependency to chemical fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides to carcinogenic bi-products from processing the crop into textile in case of cotton. However what drives these high-yield cash-crop framing is closely tied to our consumer habits. By displaying deformed frogs in 2-liter soda bottles, I aim to direct our attention to the causality of our toxic habits: choosing convenience over environmental health, fast fashion over sustainability.

Toxic Habits

IInstallation: varying in length 11 x 72 x 5 inches

Cotton remnant, 2-liter soda bottles

2010

These cotton frogs are fashioned after actual deformed ones found near industrial cornfields in Minnesota. Monocrop farming, such as corn and cotton generate massive amount of toxins and pollution: from their almost complete dependency to chemical fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides to carcinogenic bi-products from processing the crop into textile in case of cotton. However what drives these high-yield cash-crop framing is closely tied to our consumer habits. By displaying deformed frogs in 2-liter soda bottles, I aim to direct our attention to the causality of our toxic habits: choosing convenience over environmental health, fast fashion over sustainability.

World Without, triptych   43w x 25h inches,  Paper, thread, watercolor  2018  In this artwork, the silhouettes of silverback gorilla, black rhinoceros and African elephant overlap on the continent of Africa. Elephants create grassland and waterholes for zebras, warthogs, cheetahs, gazelles and wildebeest and more. Black rhinos also help diversify and enrich the savanna plants and thereby grazing habitat for antelopes, zebras and gazelles. Mountain gorillas, which live in two national preserves in Uganda and Republic of Congo, thin out tropical forest canopies to balance the plant life and are one of the great seed dispersers of that ecosystem. All African wildlife will suffer when these three giants are gone.

World Without, triptych

43w x 25h inches,

Paper, thread, watercolor

2018

In this artwork, the silhouettes of silverback gorilla, black rhinoceros and African elephant overlap on the continent of Africa. Elephants create grassland and waterholes for zebras, warthogs, cheetahs, gazelles and wildebeest and more. Black rhinos also help diversify and enrich the savanna plants and thereby grazing habitat for antelopes, zebras and gazelles. Mountain gorillas, which live in two national preserves in Uganda and Republic of Congo, thin out tropical forest canopies to balance the plant life and are one of the great seed dispersers of that ecosystem. All African wildlife will suffer when these three giants are gone.

Walk in Their Shoes   Installation: varying in size  Reclaimed shoes, photo transfer  2014  Displayed on the platform are Black rhinoceros’ feet on a threesome of tennis shoes, Hawksbill sea turtle flippers on sneakers, feet of Nene geese (the official bird of Hawaii) on women’s sandals, snow leopard’s paws on baby  Crocs , a monarch butterfly and Macaya breast-spot frog on baby’s canvas loafers, and a mountain gorilla’s paws on boots. These are some of the animals on the critically endangered animal list that need our ardent advocacy for their habitat conservation and anti-poaching enforcement.

Walk in Their Shoes

Installation: varying in size

Reclaimed shoes, photo transfer

2014

Displayed on the platform are Black rhinoceros’ feet on a threesome of tennis shoes, Hawksbill sea turtle flippers on sneakers, feet of Nene geese (the official bird of Hawaii) on women’s sandals, snow leopard’s paws on baby Crocs, a monarch butterfly and Macaya breast-spot frog on baby’s canvas loafers, and a mountain gorilla’s paws on boots. These are some of the animals on the critically endangered animal list that need our ardent advocacy for their habitat conservation and anti-poaching enforcement.

Give and Take: Deadly Connivance   70 x 70 x 28 inches  Cotton, polyester, thread  2017  This piece explores the complicated issues surrounding our dependency on the fossil energy industry. The two hands, in a gracious gesture of giving and taking, are not as simple as they seem. The hands are composed of the logos of various oil and automobile companies. With this piece, I pose a question about how we can balance the interests of corporations, consumers and society to mitigate the toll that fossil fuels take on the health of our environment..

Give and Take: Deadly Connivance

70 x 70 x 28 inches

Cotton, polyester, thread

2017

This piece explores the complicated issues surrounding our dependency on the fossil energy industry. The two hands, in a gracious gesture of giving and taking, are not as simple as they seem. The hands are composed of the logos of various oil and automobile companies. With this piece, I pose a question about how we can balance the interests of corporations, consumers and society to mitigate the toll that fossil fuels take on the health of our environment..

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Fragile Package

24 x 24 x 18 inches

Packaging tape, packing bubbles, shredded paper, packing foam, box, thread

2010

Assembled in the boxes are various packaging materials: packaging tape, bubble wraps, shredded paper and foam fillers. Each item is embroidered with a frog. In our global economy, the goods we buy have often traveled some 10,000 miles from raw material to a consumer as a finished product. As the carbon footprint of our commerce increases, amphibians who breathe through their skin as well as their lungs are severely affected by the impact of escalating environmental challenges. The changing composition of our atmosphere, reduced access to fresh water, toxins and pollution in the air and the water are some of the stressors that we put on all inhabitants on Earth, including us humans.