My work plays on combinations and contrasts.
Complex digital design using computer algorithms and a contemporary aesthetic juxtaposed against traditional ornament and craftsmanship resulting in works of extreme intricacy articulating themes of identity, place and belonging. As a Jordanian and British dual national having lived most of my life in the United Arab Emirates, there is a frequent sense of being ‘without a place’ which appears in the pieces I make.
The visual vocabulary to which I'm most drawn is the language of pattern and ornament. It fascinates me endlessly with each line, curve, symmetry and rhythm sharing ideas and stories. I use ornament and pattern as a way to document my experience with sources ranging from electronic music, to Arabic geometry, embroidery, to topographic contour markings.
Each work begins with a single line and a circle which then are built into digital units to make up larger drawings using a combination of software tools. Once the drawings are complete they are cut in numerous layers out of paper and mylar using a customised laser machine.
A single piece can take months to design, weeks to cut and can comprise of hundreds of individual parts. The final development is carried out entirely by hand with each part glued individually and combined with ink poured over mylar to create intensity of colour.