My work is driven by a quest for identity and is shaped by my varied life experiences.
Born and raised in Lebanon’s rich multi-cultural environment, at a time when the country flourished, I was fourteen when the civil war started, pulling the people into the abyss of destruction, division and exile.
I pursued my education and started my career in a war-torn country, then left Lebanon shortly before the end of the fighting. I spent two decades bouncing across metropolitan hubs in Europe, North America and Asia, absorbing the cultural and artistic offerings of each city.
Throughout these years, I stayed in contact and visited my home regularly. Lebanon was being rebuilt, and even though the scars of war were seemingly disappearing, I personally developed stronger mixed feelings for the country as time went by. A search for identity became my primary concern. I was confused, and felt a need to connect and anchor myself to my roots.
Looking back in history, I took interest in the Phoenician civilization, and more particularly in its greatest achievement, the Phoenician Alphabet. Born out of the marriage of the letters’ shapes, meanings and symbolism, the ‘Phoenician Alphabet series’ was created. The sculptures gave a new life to the archaic symbols, while I found therapy using them to express myself; it rekindled an appreciation of my heritage, and helped me reconciling the present whilst paying tribute to the past.
Besides my work on the Phoenician Alphabet, the last couple of years saw genesis of other sculptures and series. Some attempt to tackle other layers of identity, while others address specific happenings and issues, such as the crisis of sustainability in Lebanon.