This political piece is about voting in the coming elections to make a difference in our country (USA). There are 33 senate seats up for re-election and my painting aims to encourage people to take control and follow their conscience and hang on to their morals by voting out the ineffective, bigoted, and hypocritical senators. This election will mean so much to so many people, and I hope to immortalize that with my painting.
As a software engineer by training, I wanted to combine my two passions into one piece & express myself in a way that is uniquely me. That’s why this painting combines software code that I’ve written for an android application with abstract painting. The molding paste flowers and paisley add texture but they also add symbolism to the piece.
The paisley is a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity, which was later used to represent a cedar tree that bends with the wind but does not break as a symbol of strength, resistance and modesty in the face of invaders. The flower mandala represents a link to my origins from Egypt 🇪🇬 as it is similar (but preceding) Islamic Art that is popular in the Middle East and relies on geometry for self expression.
This mixed media painting is 16”x20” on traditional 0.75” cotton canvas, and is made with Liquitex basics acrylic paints, paper, Liquitex molding paste and imitation gold and copper leaf. Unlike most of my artwork, this piece uses student grade supplies, which will still live a very long time.