I am a creative and enthusiastic Artist, Architect and Designer based in Oxford with an interest in working with recycled and reclaimed materials in order to create unique pieces of art.
Following four years as working as an Architect, I enhanced my creative potential by undertaking a Diploma in Art and Design course in 2009. During the course I developed new skills and had the opportunity to explore more personal themes in art, developing my ideas by experimenting in a range of media and scale.
Of Iraqi parentage, yet born and brought up in the UK, I have always felt connected to both the British and Arab culture. The notion of cultural identity is an underlying theme in many of my works of art, expressing a sense of belonging in a disjointed society and inhabiting tensions of dual disjuncture linked to both Arab and Western cultural identities. The Arabic script features frequently in many of my works as it forms an underlying part of my cultural inheritance.
I have participated in exhibitions in the UK and abroad. These have included the ‘Inspired by…’ exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Istanbul Trienali, Istanbul, Turkey.
In addition, I enjoy entering design competitions and have won a few including ‘A Cup of Inspiration’, a design competition held by Oxford City Council for Oxford’s new coffee cup recycling bins.