I made Arabic as part of my "Hope Suite" of 44 works on paper. In 2008, I found myself surprised by a newfound hope for our country and wanted to memorialize it in art. As in Arabic, I use a distinct language for each work in the series. I intend it as a way of using the universal language of art as a bridge between disparate cultures of the world. I work mostly in collage because it allows me to repurpose as art the flotsam and jetsam of our environment. The compositions are my way of making sense of the world for brief moments in small spaces. I try to build into them a pictorial balance between the chaos of everyday life and the peacefulness of symmetry.