Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

I’m a writer dedicated to challenging Dominant Culture and Discourse: The narratives we think we know and the different sides of traditional narratives we don’t. Through issues of identity, I dissect what someone is willing to sacrifice to preserve or transform themselves to fit into or battle the Dominant Culture. I reveal risky truths by re-familiarizing the familiar through the unfamiliar. I examine how truth and untruth, reality and falsehood, reason and unreason battle it out in an effort to build bridges between communities and countries. My work tends to straddle two themes: Subverting typical narratives, created and supported by the media's Theatre of Terrorism, of Middle Eastern/Muslim/Arab (ME/M/A) with stories that are all too real but often ignored; and dismantling American Mythologies of 'greatness’. Sometimes the two themes intersect.