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Artist statement

Broken and whole, home and foreign, naive and wise. Totally alone and powerfully connected, desperately furious and hopeful against hope. After more than a decade of life and work in the Middle East, and deep examination of my own habits of thought and action, I find that the only truths that make any sense at all are situated at the center of paradox. 

The longing to experience meaning across all sides of life, and the physical limitations of having one body and one mind, creates a combustible energy. I harness this into curated collections of words and images--poems and photography-based mixed media collages on paper and muslin. With photographs, patterns, cut paper, painting, and thread I invoke the past, present, and future--often simultaneously--through images that feel fractured, chaotic, and haunting, before revealing patterns, logic, and familiarity. These works express multiple realities and promote internal and external transformation. Free of delusions of certainty I seek to remake and invent new myths for our times.

The goddess Isis seeks pieces of her dismembered lover amidst the four wisdom's of the Sphinx, with deep wonder at the ingenuity, cruelty, and power of humankind. Phoenicians embark on timeless journeys, living out the words of Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz (in Dream #139), crossing the veil between the sleeping and waking dream. Heartbreak is epitomized by the cement wall dividing and imprisoning Palestine, and pain is transformed into liberation through surrender to unconditional love.

In the series Timekeeping on Mars, I used ideas from quantum physics, sacred geometry, myth, and history to create collages that access the “infinite without“—the external realm of the cosmos—and the “infinite within”—the internal realm of the heart. Each of these works was inspired by a poet, such as Ranier Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda, and Nizar Qabbani.

In The Places Where, I explored the beauty and heartbreak of Palestine. This series delved deeply into real and imagined landscapes, histories, love, politics, and loss, from universal and personal perspectives. These pieces use extensive embroidery and gold and black ink on photos printed on muslin. These works mix perspectives, blending and reversing foreground and background, destabilizing the viewer while drawing them in to understand the source. 

I have been a poet and artist since childhood. I earned degrees in Communications and Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, before turning to Development Economics and earning an MA in 2004 from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Since 2008 I have lived and worked in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco becoming involved in history, politics and life in the region and finding a deep well of inspiration for my art.

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