Growing up with a culturally mixed identity in America can be both confusing, claustrophobic, and mind-blowing. With a father from Syria and a mother from Mexico, while being born and raised in Texas, as a practicing Muslim woman I decided to seek liberation from traditional constructs placed on people like me, and express my own unique narrative through creating art.
The focus of my art is to explore my religious, cultural, and spiritual identities outside of stereotypes, and the enclosing walls of keeping tradition without growth. I do this by utilizing surrealist principles such as psychic automatism throughout my work, extracting the main subjects or side elements from dreams, daydreams, intrusive thoughts, and involuntary memories. 90 percent of my works are based on intense memory-fueled visualizations that are scientifically termed involuntary semantic memories. These memories may present themselves as random text, images, sounds and more suddenly coming to mind. Being able to tell a story all my own while also allowing room for connection to both my cultural and spiritual identities is a both challenge and a goal.