Artist statement

 The beauty of coral reefs has always attracted me, their curious shapes tempt me to go closer and discover. Some reefs were known to be poisonous, I was always warned to only look at them but never touch. Crossing over a shallow area was a challenge. The reefs looked deadly encompassing the whole sea leaving only but a tight space for me to swim through. I had to swim through with minimal motion in order not to be pierced by their sharp exterior. While threatening, this was also the most climactic moment when swimming; it increased my adrenaline and enhanced my excitement. There was something about these extremely exotic species that triggered temptation. Their tremendously beautiful fragility yet awfully poisonous nature intrigued me. I always had the urge to touch the coral, even for the slightest second. I was curious to see what its texture felt like. Will it really harm me?

Temptation is a strong feeling. Having your hands tied, being limited with rules and regulations, the desire to reach out for something you can’t have. As I grew up, these feelings of temptations grew stronger. Being obligated to follow cultural roles, act in a certain way, staying “safe” and being suspended from what I desire. Conflict kicks in and the urge of speaking up explodes. Art has an awakening capacity; it can be a way of giving out a message, sharing personal stories and saying what is unsaid.  I utilize the element of my discretion in my art by revealing the duality of danger and fragility.

 My main preoccupation is dealing with the idea of testimony, as well as taking a critical view of social and cultural issues. 

 Blue Hole Dahab, Egypt 2015.

 Blue Hole Dahab, Egypt 2015.