I am compelled by a desire to identify common denominators in our human experience and an inherited drive to make. My great-grandparents were textile weavers in Syria, and the tradition of repetitive labor guides the mark-making central to my work. Repetition aids inquiry in both my collaborative and process-based work by providing space for careful contemplation and conversation. In creating minutely detailed pieces, I aim to draw viewers closer to my subject matter, physically and emotionally. My work seeks to encourage pause. In the space between observation and recognition, I hope to give viewers an opportunity to bypass their own ideologies. It is in this space that original and sensitized encounters occur.