ARTIST STATEMENT: My work explores themes of breaking, healing, transformation, regeneration, fertility and spirituality. I am also interested in the changing identity, roles and status of women throughout history and time and within the natural world. My current body of work uses the egg, and its rich symbolism, as a metaphor to explore many of these themes. This series includes photographs as well as mixed media works and wall mounted altar-like sculptures. I incorporate ephemeral elements of nature such as seed pods and organic detritus referencing creation and destruction and the fleeting transitions between birth, death and regeneration. The gilding and other jeweled embellishments are borrowed from Byzantine icons to highlight the desire for permanence through spirituality.
You can see more of my work at www.daraoshin.com or @daraoshin on Instagram.