The works of her series "Inner Worlds" are kaleidoscopes of multilayered pieces of moving color, texture, line, and pattern reflecting qualities of inner life as a call to know ourselves and each other more deeply, beyond our outer profiles. Soad's models are people from her local and global communities representing a variety of identities with an emphasis on women. With an interplay of analog and digital processes Soad photographs, cuts, collages and then prints the completed portrait onto wood to incorporate the mixture into the grain. Silhouettes hung together highlight the interconnectedness of our shared humanity through the abstractions of repeating colors, textures, shapes and patterns.
Shining a light on self-reflection and self-awareness and connecting to the beauty and truth within can help us each increase our capacity to see those qualities in others. By acknowledging what we find in our inner worlds we have an opportunity to make choices about what to carry forward and what to let go of in the process of our personal and therefore communal evolution and growth.
"Differences in experience, points of view and opinions aren't what pulls us apart. It's what pulls us together." ~Tracee Ellis Ross
"I'm really interested in how we understand each other - and whether we can understand each other." ~Celeste Ng
"In the years to come, what matters most is that we see ourselves in one another's struggles." ~Kamala Harris
"The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains. Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society. Nothing happens in the "real" world unless it first happens in the images in our heads." ~Gloria E. Anzaldúa
"When you take care of yourself, you're a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better." ~Solange Knowles
"The choice to love is a choice to connect--- to find ourselves in the other." ~bell hooks
"Presence creates possibility, - who we see thriving in the world teaches us how to see ourselves, how to think about our own value, how to dream about our futures." ~America Ferrera
“To me, 'beauty' means to be natural, creative, honest - to say the truth.” ~Nawal El-Saadawi
"With hope, a mind is always free." ~Amy Tan