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.

machine embroideries

SELF PORTRAIT 2017
the suspect is my son (series)
the suspect is my son (series)
the suspect is my son (series)
the suspect is my son (series)
the suspect is my son (series)

everyday suspects

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. 

everyday suspects

everyday suspects

Installation View Chicago Artist Coaltion 2014

everyday suspects 02

everyday suspects 02

12" x 12" X .5" hand embroidery on cotton 2014

everyday suspects 01

everyday suspects 01

10" x 10" X .5" hand embroidery on cotton 2014

everyday suspects 03

everyday suspects 03

12" x 12" X .5" hand embroidery on cotton 2014

everyday suspects 04

everyday suspects 04

23" x 23" X .75" hand embroidery on cotton 2014

everyday suspects 06

everyday suspects 06

23" x 23" X .75" hand embroidery on cotton 2014

everyday suspects 05

everyday suspects 05

23" x 23" X .75" hand embroidery on cotton 2014

everyday suspects 05 detail

everyday suspects 05 detail

Describe your image.

everyday suspects 04 detail

everyday suspects 04 detail

Describe your image.

everyday suspects 07

everyday suspects 07

23" x 23" X .75" hand embroidery on cotton 2017

everyday suspects 08

everyday suspects 08

23" x 23" X .75" hand embroidery on cotton 2018

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.

september 11 2001-september 11 2011
september 11 2001-september 11 2011
september 11 phone
september 11 2001-september 11 2011

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