Against the ruin of the world, there is only one defense: the creative act.
I use concepts from quantum physics, sacred geometry, myth, and poetry, to create collages that access the “infinite without“—the external realm of the cosmos—and the “infinite within”—the internal realm of the heart.
In my canvases and works on paper I explore the expansiveness of time and space, love and loss--concepts that are limitless not only in the abstract, but also in the myriad ways they can arrange and rearrange themselves in our individual and collective consciousness. I invoke the past, present, and future--often simultaneously--to construct images that feel fractured, chaotic, and haunting, before revealing their patterns, logic, and familiarity. The work suggests that while our movement through time and space may often seem messy and uncomfortable, we are not unmoored or disconnected.
My collages are constructed with layers of meaning. The individual images and materials each contain their own stories, and through their combinations they link to larger, universal messages. After layering papers and fabrics I draw and sew into the pieces, enriching them and connecting the disparate parts.
Currently I am working with richly layered images and repetition to pull order out of chaos. My recent series Timekeeping on Mars explores the above themes through collages on paper in conjunction with poems by Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Ranier Maria Rilke, and Nizar Qabbani. Previously, I explored the beauty and heartbreak of Palestine in The Places Where, with collages on fabric and my own poetry. This series delved deeply into real and imagined landscapes, histories, love, politics, and loss, from universal and personal perspectives.
I have been a poet and artist since childhood. I earned degrees in Communications and Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, before turning to Development Economics and earning an MA in 2004 from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Since 2008 I have lived and worked on and off in Palestine and Jordan, becoming involved in history, politics and life there and finding a deep well of inspiration for my art.
In 2014-2015 I Kickstarted a children’s book, had a collage commissioned for the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, and created several commissions for private clients. I exhibit my work in Washington, DC. For exhibition opportunities, pricing or to commission an art work please contact me directly.
2017 Ephemera, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center. Washington, DC. (Forthcoming, April 2017)
2017 Little Salon. Washington, DC. (Forthcoming, April 2017)
2017 Group Show, West Elm, Union Market Pop-Up. Washington, DC. (Forthcoming, April 2017)
2015 Artomatic. Washington, DC.
2014 Art All Night | Nuit Blanche. Washingon, DC.
2009 Showcase, Dahlak. Washington, DC.
2009 Artomatic. Washington, DC.
2008 La Femme: The Feminine, Sewall-Belmont House & Museum. Washington, DC.
2008 Making Herstory: Connected Sisterhood, MOCA DC. Washington, DC.
2008 Artomatic. Washington, DC.
2008 Making Herstory: Connected Sisterhood, Peace and a cup of Joe. Baltimore, MD.
2017 Silence, Awareness, Existence, Arteles Creative Center Residency. Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
2015 Cite des Temples Du Soleil, 24”x18”, Magazine collage. Private client. Washington, DC; Voyages, 12”x12”, Passport and cut paper. Private client. Washington, DC.
2014 Palestinian Town, 48"x24", Coffee, muslin, acrylic, thread, newspaper on paper. Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. Washington, DC.
2008 Winner of Content and Composition, Artists Emerge. Online.
2014 Where are you going, little one? Self-published.
2011 Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage, Gestalten Books. Berlin, Germany.
2014-Present Senior Technical Advisor, FHI 360. Washington, DC
- Senior Technical Advisor for USAID LENS, overseeing research and technical direction for a $70 Million Micro and Small Enterprise support project in Jordan
- Lead business development in Palestine and Jordan
- Lead technical tool development and data analytics for the USAID Workforce Connections Project.
2007-2013 Senior Global Practice Specialist, DAI. Washington, DC
2004-2006 Global Practice Specialist, DAI. Washington, DC
- Lead technical private sector competitiveness and regulatory reform proposals in Palestine and Jordan.
- Client Relationship Manager for DAI’s Middle East and North Africa offices.
- Provide technical assistance across a range of projects. A short list of assignments includes:
Competitiveness Impacts of Business Environment Reform (CIBER) Team Leader, The Compete Project, USAID/West Bank-Gaza (06/2012-09/2012).
Director of New Business, DAI Palestine Office, Ramallah, West Bank (01/2010-12/2010).
Team Leader, PalTrade Market Share Assessments, Palestine Enterprise Development (PED), USAID/West Bank and Gaza (01-04/2008).
Acting Project Director, Improving the Business Climate in Morocco (IBCM), USAID/Morocco (2009).
International Economist, Improving the Business Climate in Morocco (IBCM), USAID/Morocco (09/2006-09/2009). CIBER Team Leader, Analysis of Constraints to the Maize and Rice Value Chains in Central Tanzania, USAID/Tanzania (03-04/2010).
Team Leader, Competitiveness Impacts of Business Environment Reform, Brazil Micro and Small Enterprise Trade-led Growth Program, USAID/Washington (02/2008).
Policy Reform Expert, Vietnam Support for Trade Acceleration Project (STAR), USAID/Vietnam (01/2005–01/2008).
Policy Reform Expert, Cambodia Strengthening Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), USAID/Cambodia (12/2007).
Activity Manager, Money Transfers and Remittances Sub-component, AMAP-ME Financial Services Knowledge Generation, USAID/Washington (11/2006-09/2008).
Team Leader, Assessment of the Competitiveness of the Indonesian Economy, Indonesia Competitiveness Program (SENADA), USAID/Indonesia (January–February 2006).
2002-2004 Research Analyst, Global Development and Environment Institute. Medford, MA
- Conducted research on trade in services and sustainable development: Assisted in the development of the research methodology; conducted literature reviews and prepared datasets for econometric analyses of comparative advantage in services trade; and reviewed and summarized case studies of services liberalization.
- Researched and co-authored a report estimating the environmental impacts of changing trade patterns resulting from the Free Trade Area of the Americas.
Summer 2003 Intern, Centro Ecuatoriano de Derecho Ambiental. Quito, Ecuador
- Created and edited a series reports for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development used to assist Latin American NGOs in trade negotiations.
- Translated (Spanish to English) articles and minutes from the Trade and Environment Workshops of the October 2002 Free Trade Area of the Americas Ministerial.
2000-2002 Program Assistant, Natural Resources Defense Council. New York, NY
- Researched and co-authored internationally distributed publications on the environmental and health impacts of diesel fuel and natural resource management in China.
1996-2000 Graphic Designer. New York, NY
- Outreach Associate and Web Designer, Sugar Pictures
- Graphic Design Director, Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut and Khun Architects
- Interior Book Designer, St. Martin’s Press
2004 M.A., Development Economics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Medford, MA.
1996 B.A., Communications and Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA.
Spanish, French, Introductory Arabic