|I create bodies of work that incorporate theory as a means of introducing particular theories that I find engaging to larger audiences: I construct visual pieces that bridge the realms of the artistic and the intellectual. My work utilizes images circulating in American news media and recontextualizes those images in order to address issues of culture, context, and positionality. I am trying to create bodies of work that redesign the “war on terror” by playing with the orientalism salient in the rhetoric of “Homeland Security” and the American news media. Not all of my work is created digitally: Conte crayon and india ink are my two favorite media to work with. And when I am not creating art, I am composing abstract instrumentals and dabbling with digital photography.
I pay the bills by working in the field of search strategy, online media metrics, and digital strategy. Prior to my recent foray into the corporate world, I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago where I studied religion and anthrolpology. My research focused on Islam, New Media, and socio-political regime change. And yes, like other UChicagoans, I have a penchant for critical and social theory.