My current artwork, subverts the decorative craft of embroidery to confront the racialization, surveillance, and the dehumanizing of brown and Muslim bodies and the western distance from warfare. In my machine embroideries, the suspect is my son, I survey everyday moments with my son, his micro actions of seeking comfort and safety mirror to me the macro lense of our nation-state’s policies prompted by fear under the guise of national security. The use of machine embroidery in these works references the mechanization of surveillance technologies today.
I employ embroidery to speak to our surveillance state and reference the domestic disturbances experienced by individuals at sites of war/conflict through my series of hand embroideries, “everyday suspects.” The work situates my viewers in aerial, peripheral, and fish-eye lens targets of domestic and civil spaces, the benign and the personal; speaking to the pervasive government surveillance of Muslim American communities watched where they eat, work, and pray.
september 11 2001-september 11 2011
Reflecting on 10 years since 9/11 these mixed media textile works reflect on personal and familial moments of belonging,
nationalism, loss and experiences of xenophobia, stories which lack visibility in national headlines.