I am an artist, a scholar and a writer. On a perfect day I write in the morning, paint in the afternoon and do research all of the time. I think of works of art as embodying particular moments in the ongoing processes of reflection. For me painting is particularly sensual and contemplative. Drawing feels more disengaged and intellectual. Words can flow or have sharp edges. I like to explore a question across diverse media and in changing locations. I often conceive unlikely mixtures of materials to provoke emotion, thought and consciousness. I make installations, often with silk. I design collaborative and participatory projects and performances. I devise situations and protocols to generate objects or performances that ask viewers and audiences to question their assumptions.
I became an abstract expressionist as a student at Berkeley where I also studied European intellectual history. I studied links of colonialism to art in Paris, then did fieldwork in Casablanca to become an anthropologist. My art has developed in relation to my research on visibility , power and globalization and on the trail of my moves in and around Europe, North Africa and North America. For instance, to study global style I spent years in the beauty salons of Casablanca, Paris and Cairo. While living in Washington DC, Houston and London, I traveled to Quebec and the Persian Gulf for research on migration. I created The Moving Matters Traveling Workshop after moving to Southern California. The collective is a mobile community where a border crossing, discipline confounding person can feel at home and make work that corresponds to their experience.