Tending toward the convex
In 2015, I was commissioned by the director of a new Vienna production of Ayad Akhtar's playDisgraced to design a prop. One of the play's protagonists, Emily, is an American artist who explores Islamic themes in her work. A painting of hers serves as a focal point for the set. It's described in the stage directions as "A vibrant, two-paneled image in luscious whites and blues, with patterns reminiscent of an Islamic garden". A character in the play later describes it as "a bending of the picture plane" and "tending toward the convex". This design represents my interpretation of that description. The base design juxtaposes two traditional patterns. The composition is warped in 3D, coloured, and processed for a painterly effect.