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Taxidermia Series, 2014
Mixed Media
Visual Art
Textile Sculpture



Taxidermia Series, 2014
Uniforms Group Show, Linus Galleries, Pasadena, CA


TAXIDERMIA is a conceptual mixed media series of moth models created as an homage to a very transformative and trying period in the artist’s life. These moths were fashioned from actual hijabs (Muslim headscarves). Each moth is displayed with the associated school ID card showing the artist wearing the hijab in question. ID cards span the artist’s educational career, ranging from junior high school to college sophomore.

Across the wings of the three moth specimens are inscribed in Arabic with the verses from the Quran (33:59) which many hold as the definitive prescription of the headscarf for all Muslim women. Each moth was created and displayed in a surrealistic manner, using a variety of mixed media including old hijabs, hair, fur, wire, ink, acrylic paints. Hand-engraved brass plates mark the species and genus of each moth conceived completely in the imaginary world of the artist.


Moths are a common mystic symbol revered across many cultures, noted for their lunar–driven search for light despite being nocturnal creatures. Much lore is dedicated to their ceaseless yearning, determination and willingness to go to extreme lengths for union with the light—whether it be in the flame of a candle or burnt to a crisp on a corner street lamp. This sacrifice of self into the unknown, is seen as a symbol of transmutation, similar to that of a phoenix who could only change form by setting itself up in flames to be born again from its very own ashes.

This series was a meditation on the transmutation of old identities and memories held in the matrix of the fabrics which had once simultaneously served as a home, chrysalis and at times even a prison—a uniform of safety and belonging.





Opodiphthera Pudicitia, 2014

14 x 11 x 3 inches
Fabric and mixed media sculpture,
Mounted on linen in wooden box frame display





Attacus Kallistei, 2014

11 x 14 x 3 inches
Fabric and mixed media sculpture,
Mounted on linen in wooden box frame display




Acherontia Mea Culpa, 2014

11 x 14 x 3 inches
Fabric and mixed media sculpture, mounted on linen
Wooden box frame display


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