This year’s academic Short Term adventure has been in Turkey. We studied political identities and history in Istanbul, Mardin, Ufra and Gaziantep within a 15 days. So in honor of all the inspiration, I will continue to paint themes from the places I visited. My dream of visiting the Middle East has been fulfilled!
I decided to make a technical change this year: I have officially moved to acrylics. Why? 1. They are water-based paints (easy to clean) 2. Far less toxic than oil paints and their solvents 3. They dry faster and I can work on layers and details more
I was inspired to paint this pomegranate because we had pomegranate juice everywhere we went in Turkey. They are such beautiful fruits too; their seeds shine like rubies. The tile work and table surface are inspired from the interior of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.
The Pomegranate, 2013
In Islam, pomegranates grow in the gardens of paradise. They are also symbols of fertility.