In 2001, when the US invaded Afghanistan, I began recreating Afghani war rugs in public performances.
Afghan War Rug No 35, Paratroop Version (SOLD) 2004
This "rug" was an installation that I made for Art Chicago in 2004, at Navy Pier. It is
Creating a spice war rug at the Museum of Contemporary Art, November 2007.
made out of paprika, poppy seed, tumeric, ginger, fennel, coffee, flour, red and black pepper,mace, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
I placed the spices carefully on a mat, without any glue. It took about 5 days to finish it. Once the pattern is filled, I complete it with cotton fringe, that has popper firecrackers attached.
Link Outlaw A / NOVA War Rugs on flickr
Sunday, June 13, 2010
These are re-creations of Afghan War Rugs, made from loose spices, in the spirit of Tibetan Buddhist mandalas.