In my practice physicality is the language of expression. Physicality allows me to comprehend my own existence; my placement among my surroundings as well as in the context of the larger world. My work attempts to transform abstract ideas into physical portrayals, drawing on ideas of time, sequence, silence, memory, ancestry, nostalgia, and emotion. Making these notions tangible feeds an ever-present fear and uncertainty of the unknown.
Imagery of consumption, the body, and natural landscapes are present throughout my art. My work is concerned with fabricating my own sense of identity. I am interested in the contrast between our methods of establishing personal identity through our surroundings and establishing identity through our lineage and history.
Mark-making plays a large role in my work due to its potential for permanence. Leaving physical clues of my existence and picking up information from my environment allow me to create a new history through storytelling and documentation.
My use of sand is not only a tribute to the Middle East, it is also a connecting point between Egypt and the American Southwest. It is the binding material that makes me feel closer to the country of father’s origin. Sand, to me, is a metaphor for humanity. We are both the material of change and adaptability.
I am currently playing with the ideas of dreamscapes and memories, blending the lines between my own recollections, both “real” and fabricated. I am using my time in Iceland to set up a stage to explore these deep areas of my subconscious. The space and atmosphere of an open landscape allow me to look at my own history through a telescope. Taking a step back leads to the realization that even the most unlikely of memories have somehow affected my current state.