After completing my Masters degree at Simon Fraser University, I created a visual art exhibition entitled 'MIRAJ: Sketches of Paradise'. I approached this show with the intention to strip away the complexity of 'new media' and get back to the basics of my first love: drawing.
Using a graphics tablet and computational tools I designed myself, I explored various modes of drawing including vector illustration and what I call 'computational sketching'. My idea was to demonstrate the complexity which can arise from utterly simple drawing gestures, as well as the simplicity that may arise from seemingly complex drawing methods.
The centrepiece of the show was a Persian rug illustration that was etched into a 24 square foot slab of Bianca Neve white marble. The piece entitled 'The Secret Realm' featured an engraved Persian rug I designed digitally, based on the Shah Abassi style of carpets from Qom, Iran. Engraving an ephemeral work of digital art into the cold, solid base of marble was a perfect expression of my interest of the intersection between traditional forms of art and modern digital technology.
The exhibition was held at the Catalog Gallery in Vancouver, and was subsequently held over for 6 weeks due to demand.