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.
"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
"With hope, a mind is always free." ~Amy Tan
© Soad A. Kader