Artwork: Hilary Irons
I am a painter (Parsons 02, Yale 08) and a curator; I have lived in Portland, Maine since 2003. In my recent paintings, which are largely inspired by my study of Islam, I envision the landscape as a vessel that contains a story of restless searching. Images of my parents’ land, storms and rain, broken ladders, and stars breaking through clouds are built by filling in the spaces between things with color and darkness. Trees, paths, streams, waterfalls, windows, and lightning come forward with a dull glow, as negative-space constructions, holding the power of that which is absent.