Where are you from originally?
I am from Hajah, Yemen. I moved temporarily to Richmond, Va., because of the current war that erupted in my country, and I am intending to make the most of the opportunity being in the U.S and away from home.
How did you find out about Anderson Ranch Art Center?
In 2015 I joined the “Advanced Digital Photography” class at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and I was advised by the photographer Regula Franz to apply for residency at Anderson Ranch.
What is your favorite part about Anderson Ranch so far?
Being an artist from the Middle East, Anderson Ranch to me is like an oasis in the desert. Every detail fits perfectly to spark inspiration: the staff, the studios, the gallery, the ArtWorks Store, the location, and the whole supportive community transforms inspiration into reality.
What are you working on during your residency?
I am currently working on women’s issues and experimenting with new ideas and inspirations. I am using a technique that I learned through a workshop at Anderson Ranch, which is a combination of digital photography and hand painting. I am also attracted by the past life, history and families from different parts of the world, so I am collecting an archive of Arabic calendars and found vintage photographs that have been modernized by a personal touch. I am also doing a self-portrait project as a Yemeni immigrant in the Roaring Fork Valley!
How do you describe your artistic practice?
Constant learning and improvement.
What inspires you to do art?
How do you spend your time when not working in the studio?
I speak with my family, I follow up with current events nationally and internationally. I seek knowledge and inspiration through videos, audio and friends.
How can we find you on social media and the web?