Untitled 60x60cm Mixed Media on Wood 2015
There is No Clash – 2014/2015
This series focuses on dismantling social constructs rooted in the colonial experience. Born to Egyptian parents living in Kuwait, I moved between Bahrain and Egypt before finally moving to America at the age of thirteen. Unable to belong to a rigidly defined identity prescribed to me by society, a society that consistently viewed me as either belonging or not belonging to a homogenous ‘other’, I created my own identity that accepted and reflected the numerous experiences and influences of my life and history. This body of work represents the confluence surrounding place
and identity, challenging the concept of exclusive cultures and nations by recreating ‘maps’ from patterned fabric sourced from every continent whose similarity yet uniqueness point to a history of exchange. These ‘maps’ represent an all-inclusive ‘nation’, and act to dismiss identities born out of the post-colonial process, a process which lends itself to oppressive
socio-historical paradigms. These paintings acknowledge the intertwined history of the human
experience, which can be neither compartmentalized nor separated.