Turning Words into Art Earns Local Artist Top Honors

By Matt Wilson

Visual, spoken and written symbols are a major source of inspiration for Pantea Karimi, who was recently named the 2010 Distinguished Artist of the Year by the Cupertino Fine Arts Commission. In a world dominated by so many symbols both visual and verbal, much of her artistic inspiration is drawn from the transmission of language. Mass media, published media and popular culture are consistent themes while global symbols often star as the main attraction in her art.