I approach the canvas prepared to have a visual conversation about separation, loss, and alienation integrated with experiences that reflect where I find wholeness and belonging.
I begin by spraying the chosen surface with flower and crystal essences that I prepare myself, followed by a waiting period where it rests under a crystal. When ready, I start making marks with acrylic paint, watercolor pastel, charred wood tips, and pencil. This is followed by different layers such as acrylic paint, paper, tissue, and fabric that often form entire paintings evolving over time until a final piece emerges. I find this way of painting spontaneous, flexible, and exciting, as well as mysterious since I don’t know quite where a work is going and through each brushstroke, mark, and layer I get to make the discovery of what is being destroyed for creation to happen.
My past works revolve mainly around women and nature, women in nature, women’s nature, women as nature; these being two elements that have been constant in my life no matter where I have lived. Using the same beginning techniques, the current body of work I’m involved with is taking a turn in a new direction; mirroring where my focus has shifted with surprising results. It explores themes of oppression, fear, manipulation, and resistance informed by my Shia background as the lens through which I perceive culture.