“Kuba Carpet with Radio and Transmission Tower Imagery,” 30x16” ink on paper
Through color use and iconography, Oriental carpets tell stories that are personal to their weaver or historically significant to their home culture. It has been my intention to create a series of carpet paintings that tell stories through these traditional pictorial story-telling techniques that are personal to me and reflect American culture. This is my first carpet painting that incorporates my own iconography. The design and coloring are adopted from carpets from the Caucasus. Within each medallion is a small landscape of radio towers and transmission towers.
I’ve driven clear across The United States three times. I took the first trip when I was 4 years old, and then again when I was 6. Because I was so small, when I wanted to look out the window I had to gaze up. As a result, my view was limited to sky and passing telephone lines. Ever since, I have strongly associated power lines with the American landscape.