Katherine Toukhy works in the studio and with communities to make collages, installations, and paintings that are reflections on cyclical violence and transformation. The layered elements within her collages reference militarism, Orientalism, ancient Egyptian art, crochet and Islamic patterning, and first-hand writings in Arabic and English. She imagines the objects she makes as sites of unearthing buried herstories of historical oppression and collective strength to release transformative potential for the future. Toukhy works from the place of being a first-generation Egyptian in the U.S., from the Coptic diaspora, conscious of her position at the intersections of African, Arab, and American crossroads.
"... Beauty is increasingly found in what is healed, the wound, the still stumbling survivor moving towards dance... And the ways we repurpose weapons into art, make medicine from the poisons offered us." - Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran