As someone with a complex identity- a queer artist with roots in Palestine and Texas- I am naturally interested in points of similarity and divergence. My work explores themes of unity and contrast both literally, through the layering of traditional media and found materials, and figuratively, through the combining of real and mythical. Like a quilter, I am interested in assembling cohesive visual narratives out of fragmented parts. Through the process of mixing media, I begin to understand the layers within myself.
I begin my practice with spirit work that cleanses my creative space through music, incense or meditation. I then layer or collage painted landscapes, portraits of people I observe, or reflections on current events using a variety of media and found objects. The process may start with simple broad brushstrokes but often ends in fragmented expressive scenes where the real meets the abstract.
I am an expressionist artist, but I deeply align to what SFMOMA art writer Ross Simonini describes as “otherworldly art”. My practice is an intuitive journey uncovering unknown truths about myself and the world around me. It is driven by impulse, dream, psychic tumult, and mystery. I craft myths by attaching lion heads to women’s bodies in a representational style that blends the occult with gay camp. I choose loose ephemeral dream pop lines drawn from glitter, marker, and paint on gossamer craft paper to reflect reflections on the unreliable nature of memory on fuzzy summer days. Medium and style are in service of the subject matter. However, no matter the approach, all works are ultimately expressive- where reality becomes distorted in service of a more honest inner feeling.
By giving form to these meditations, dreams, and observations, each work becomes a diary of the psyche that tries to uncover a hidden meaning. There is an element of alchemy to the process. I seek to visually transform disparate, humdrum moments into magical, metaphysical revelations.
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2022 Contributing Exhibitor, Hill Center Regional Juried Exhibition, Washington, DC
2021 Contributing Exhibitor, Pride, Portico Gallery, Brentwood, MD
2020, Contributing Exhibitor, Art is not Optional, al-Quds Gallery, Washignton, DC
2019 Contributing Illustrator, TinyQueerZine
2018, Contributing Illustrator, SuperFine! Art Fair, Washington, DC
2018, Contributing Artist, Two Hawks Quarterly, Antioch University, Culver City, California
2017, Contributing Artist, ThinkSmall, Art Space, Richmond, Virginia
2017, Finalist ArtBank, Juried Contest for Public Art with the District of Columbia , Washington, DC
2017, Contiributing Exhibitor, LookCloser, Pop-Up at Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC.
2017 Contributing Exhibitor, Hill Center Regional Juried Exhibition Washington, DC
2017 Contributing Exhibitor, “Look Closer” Georgetown Visitation, Washington, DC
2017 Contributing Exhibitor, Artomatic, Crystal City, Virginia
2016 Contributing Exhibitor, Forbidden Colors, al-Quds Gallery, Washington, DC
2015 Contributing Exhibitor, And We Have Countries, al-Quds Gallery, Washington, DC
2013 Contributing Exhibitor, League of Arab States Reception, Ronald Reagan Atrium Gallery, Washington, DC
2012 Contributing Exhibitor, “The Art of Rebellion”, Museo del Brigantaggio, Itri, Italy
2012 Contributing Exhibitor, Palestine: Memories, Dreams, Perseverance, Northeast Gallery, United Nations, New York, NY
2012 Contributing Exhibitor, Paint the Music – Live Painting at Ebenezer Coffee House
2012 Cover Illustrator and Designer for Novel: The Lost Tribes of the Alleghenies by Alan Margolis
2011, Contributing Exhibitor, Regan National Airport - "Artomatic Takes Flight"- Arlington, VA
2011 Solo Show, “Of Refuge, Of Home” al-Quds Gallery, Washington, DC
2011 Contributing Exhibitor, “Arab-American Art Exhibition”–National Arab American Professionals Network-DC
2011 Contributing Illustrator & Designer “Washington” Numbers Alive! Books for Young Travelers” by Rebecca Klemm
2011 Contributing Exhibitor, “Art” by Adam Chamy & Jessica Shull, Flying Fish Tea & Coffee, Washington, DC
2009 Contributing Exhibitor, “Just Art” GaleriaZero, Barcelona, Spain
2009 Contributing Exhibitor, “My Space on 5th”, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC
2016 M.Arch / M. Community Planning University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
2009 BA George Washington University , Washington, DC
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Winter Tangerine Magazine
Washington Post's The Express
The Washington Blade
The Dallas Morning News
The Fort Worth Star Telegram