Through the use of softness in my materials I manipulate a mirage around the hardness of my elected subject matters. The sentiment in this choice relies on the philosophy that if you make something hard into something soft, that it becomes more approachable, palatable, and relatable. Growing up within the Arab-American diaspora, I find that I am most compelled to tackle issues around: discrimination in a post 9/11 climate, my fetishized heritage, the imaginary of homeland, and women’s rights in the Middle East. I arrive at these issues formally, using above all – assemblage. In my textile work, I’m piecing together fragments of fabric with disparate origins, and stitching together a story of hybridization and dual consciousness. I utilize imported spices to create natural dyes to somehow feel closer to a place that I’ve built an identity around. By creating immersive multimedia installations that combine sculpture, video, and light, I’m revisiting my broken memories and imagined ideals.