2024 Student Research Conference:
37th Annual Student Research Conference

Reconstructing Identity

Mariam H. Elkadi
Prof. Priya S. Kambli, Faculty Mentor


Reconstructing Identity is a fiber arts-based project that examines being an immigrant for almost my entire life across different regions of the world. Immigration has caused me to be unsure as to how I construct my identity. In this body of work, I wrestle with questions regarding my place as an Arab woman in a Midwestern setting in contrast with the myth of the American West and the Western landscape. I piece together elements from landscapes of places where I have previously lived and currently live to engage with my insecurities regarding race, land, and what “home” means. This work uses Batik and Bojagi fiber processes that traditionally involve female-dominated chains of production. Using these processes allows me to engage in conversations about how gender interacts with topics of race, landscapes, and identity. 


Keywords: Fiber arts , Immigration , Western landscapes

Studio Art

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 305-4
Location: SUB 3201
Time: 1:30

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