(COLORED BY A ) SEASON OF GRIEF

 

My brother Kareem and I were very close. The works below were made during the months that spanned his cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2019 and his passing just 8 months later.  It was a time defined by love and caregiving, by worry and exhaustion, and by feelings of profound loss. In the brief moments I spent in my studio, I took images apart, created fragments, then reassembled them in unfamiliar ways. After watching my mother embroider by his bedside,  I began to stitch into paper and work with textiles.  Photography and collage necessarily involve the act of searching, and I searched for the unknown, the strange, the unseen, and for ways to move through that which had come undone. Some of these works do not exist any more because I have since taken them apart.

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