Passion is what drives my soul to do more. Passion is when I am exhausted and yet, I still keep doing what I am doing because I am compelled to do it.
Being in the opportunity-filled environment of college where I am able to take classes, join clubs, and involve myself in activities pertaining to my interests has enabled me to develop an intense love for art, stories, cities, nature, body image, food, etc.
It wasn’t until this year, when I spent a great deal of time getting to know myself, that I discovered just how much I love photography.
I used to not share my work very often (whether it be art or poetry) because I never had enough confidence. Well, I’ve been working on my confidence and working to be better as an artist, so I want to start sharing my work. (You can also follow me on Tumblr, where I post a scattering of things, and on Flickr, where I share my digital and film work).
Today, I am sharing a piece that I did last semester for my 2D art class that was shown in the Hopkin’s Hall student art show.
Students will create both a photo realistic drawing and a photographic series. The drawing will be a direct representation of an object that carries some form of importance to the student. Then the student will create a photographic series that represents a concept derived from that object, but without directly photographing the object in any way in an effort to present deeper content than just representation.
My artwork takes a critical view of social and political issues. In my work, I use my own personal story as well as appropriation to juxtapose the differences between the war-torn dilemma in the Middle East compared to the “first world problems” that come from living in the industrialized, wealthy United States.
I have drawn* an image of a gold, heart-shaped necklace that was given to me in Syria by my mother when I was a baby. With two immigrant parents, American residency, and dual citizenship, I grew up tangled in the diversity of two cultures. This has played a major role on my identity and definition of “home.” Watching from afar, in my home country where I’ve never known destruction, as my family’s home country endures destruction is what inspired my work.
Alongside my drawing, I have constructed photographic images as a vehicle for questioning ideas about what really matters, the importance of the universal, shared human experience, and the selfishness of ignorance.
*Drawing is not shown clearly below, as I do not have access to a large scanner at the moment.
Appropriation is the practice of creating a new work by taking a pre-existing image from another context. I appropriated images from the war in Syria and placed them next to clearly and purposely staged photographs I took for a contrasting effect. I am commenting on the idea of “first world problems” and the interconnectedness of humanity. I don’t want to get too political, so I’ll leave the rest up to your own interpretation.
Thanks for viewing!