new painting } comet


Comet, 2016, acrylic on canvas. Sorry about the quality of this photo. I’m getting these paintings professionally photographed for CAP in November.

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new painting for august


I started this painting a couple of weeks ago. It’s large and physically taxing. Mentally too. I’ve worked on paintings of this scale and larger. I don’t know why this one is being so difficult.

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square portraits } 22 to 26

…a-tishoo, a-tishoo, we all fall down.

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your stories needed!

Ladies, lend me your voices! As many of you know, I have an exhibition coming up in January, and for this I would like your stories. These stories will be played audibly as a ‘soundtrack’ to the exhibition, so please don’t send anything you feel uncomfortable about sharing. I won’t be editing or censoring anything. All you have to do is record yourself talking and send it to my email address:

I recently put together three little videos to demonstrate what I’m looking for. Basically, it’s anything that comes to your mind. I want to thank these ladies for sending me their voices:


Your recordings should be in Wav/MP3/MP4 format (this may be the default setting on devices, I don’t know). I have received some Quicktime files, those don’t work. 

Length should be between a few seconds and ten minutes, although ideally one or two minutes should do.

Content can be anything you like. You can tell me a childhood story, share your musings, or maybe read a poem you like or one you’ve written. I love to hear ghost stories. The possibilities are many.

Stories can be in any language you like. I’ve received both English and Arabic files but would also love to hear from my Chinese, Swedish, Russian, Welsh, Japanese, Norwegian, French friends, to name a few. And you can be anywhere in the world to submit it.

My male friends, if you feel there’s a woman inside you wanting to express herself, feel free to send me a recording.

Please let me know if you want to remain anonymous as I do intend to credit my Eve ‘sisters’.

Deadline is December 31, 2016.

Please spread the word! Ask your mom, best friend, sister, daughter, grandma, aunty…the more stories the richer this project will be.

*Thank you, Zainab, for being so patient with me and these Eves! And for taking the photos x Read More

two dreams

diary august 6 2016


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square portraits } 14 to 21

They may not be impressive individually, but as a flock they soar. Read More

little cardboard paintings

I nearly threw this origami packaging cardboard into the recycling basket. I’m glad I didn’t. Read More

my green & stone sketchbook } four sketches on a hot, steamy day

back when you and i danced in the early 1920s

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Back When You and I Danced in the Early 1920s

Music is What Are You Fighting For by Tindersticks.

new painting } bocce girls


Bocce Girls, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 180 cm

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from yesterday to today, one thing leads to another

How’s this for a chain reaction: two nights ago I invited some friends over to watch the Iceland vs. France match with me. That night one of those people, my dear friend Lubna, returned my ring after generously getting it all polished and new for me. The next day, yesterday, I felt it imperative that I photograph that ring for Instagram (of course!). But (of course again) I needed a complementary backdrop, so I started a watercolor just for it.

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This is my ring: ‘Ghain’ by architect and calligrapher Fareed Abdal. It’s the letter my name starts with in Arabic. I left the painting abstract because I liked it the way it was and started another.

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discommon } my unexpected date with a straight razor

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My family and I love fine things: my son’s Royal typewriter, Ahmed’s slide rule, aka a slipstick (wink, wink), my Muji notebooks and the star of this post, a Discommon titanium straight razor. Makes a girl wish, for once, that she were a man.

My brother Ahmed recently bought a razor. He didn’t just get it from the Mishref Coop behind my parents’ house. It’s a serious work of art. And he asked me to take it home and photograph it.

I am terrified of any sort of blade. I have a phobia (this is grotesque and very specific) of someone slicing my throat with a knife as I enter a dark room. So you can imagine my nervousness at handling such a sharp object. But soon its beauty overshadowed its potential damage (especially in the hands of a klutz like me).

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new painting } island girl

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Island Girl, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 35 x 45cm

For the past couple of days I’ve had a nagging itch for being on an island. For now, I’ll just fantasize about it. Read More

big sister, little sister, middle sister

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Big Sister, Little Sister, Middle Sister

Yasmine and I are missing a middle sister. I wonder what it would’ve been like to have one. Music is Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode.

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mr. freud goes to the circus

Music is Always Remember to Respect and Honour Your Mother by Dusted.


Mr. Freud Goes to the Circus

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a single-celled organism called eve

Music is To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra. Read More

square portraits } #2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Square Portrait #3, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

I have decided to include these  portraits in my upcoming exhibition at CAP. I like their modularity and feel they’ll compliment my polyhedra quite nicely. Read More

two watercolors, one simple and one complex


Holding Tight to the Week’s End } Some (including myself) may refer to my watercolors as being over-worked. I prefer to think of them as being anguished.

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until love } two hundred and twelve

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