ARTIST STATEMENT: At the heart of my practice is obsessive study, collection, copy, cut and reassembly of images—from newspapers, the internet, photographs and artworks. The repeated actions of examining images, printing images, cutting lines and aspects out of the images, Xeroxing and re-sizing images, creating hand-cut stencils and collaging create my performance, video, installation and large-scale wall drawings. My archive of images includes my family photographs from the 1960s to now, mass media images from U.S. news outlets, and Western art historical sources. As I add to the archive every week, I reexamine it to make old and new connections.
The images in my archive depict Muslims and other people of color. The archive becomes an index of the images that construct our raced and gendered vocabulary of us and them. I wonder how these images are absorbed, how they can be erased, and whether they can be transformed. By dismantling, layering and reassembling these images into various configurations, I bring attention to and raise questions about barriers, walls and borders.