And Along Came Polyester observes the observing. Here, five women from the Gulf traverse through the personal, and reference economic, domestic, architectural, nostalgic, and cathartic processes and fluxes within their work.

They themselves and their observed surroundings are a result of a singular discovery that affected their already constantly shifting geo-political, socio-economical and religious communities.


It came along in abundance, and it had many byproducts.

The material and the immaterial of these byproducts have lived in cohesion and collision.

They have shaped the narratives of these landscapes, and thus shaped their women.

Layla Juma employs repetitive, geometric shapes to create rhythmic sequence and forms. In her work, these shapes and rhythms are crafted to conceptually articulate the ever changing architectural landscapes of our present and the imagination of their future. Her attention hones in on the points of intersection between the forms, speaking of both the fragmentation of human experience and the shared convergences.


Her recurrent, ruminating meditations consider the influence and impact of spatial arrangements. Originally trained as an architectural engineer, her graphic two-dimensional, geometric drawings evolved into three-dimensional installations and sculptures.