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Boy With Bounty
56" X 53"
graphite, gouache, charcoal on paper
2015
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Homo Thug Manor
27" X 35"
graphite, gouache, sharpie on paper
2015



detail
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Periphery
60" X 52"
graphite, charcoal, gouache, collage on paper
2014



detail
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Swingset
40" X 52"
graphite, gouache, charcoal, collage on paper
2014
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Bless Us Whole
Sketch for Painting
2014



Study
2014



Bless Us Whole
22" X 25"
oil on board
2014
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Rose Water
22" X 25"
oil and plaster on board
2014
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Noir
12" X 16"
Intaglio Etching
2014



July 27, 2014

The process of making Ghufran facilitated an introspective analysis and consisted of an assembly of clay, cotton and glue that unveiled a genealogical self-awareness I wasn't sure I had. Lately, I have had trouble ignoring media coverage of the ongoing crisis, or series of many crises, transpiring in the Middle East. While I don't necessarily subscribe to news reports, the bloodshed is still troublesome. How many of my distant aunts, uncles, cousins have fallen victim to errant missiles and mortar? I will never know. Prior to making Ghufran, I had not been as investigative of my Arab roots as I had liked to be for a variety of reasons. Ghufran materialized from sadness, investigation of identity, self-reflection and anger. Art is a record of our experiences and sometimes I don't recognize my own experiences until the artwork emerges. But by then, I am already too tired from the process to delve deeper into "real life."


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Flyin' Easy
oil and mixed media on paper
2013
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The Shepherdess
graphite, ink, watercolor on paper
2013