Jesse Payne’s “One Dust” body of work stands as a metaphor for the obstacles and challenges the region faces in this tumultuous time. At first glance, Payne’s paintings present an overwhelming sense of power and scale that sand storms possess. However, they still serve as a reminder that hope is waiting on the other side. Here, Payne explores both fascination and fear brought forth by this natural phenomenon and emphasizes on the idea that we all come from one dust. His brush strokes paint a picture of chaos, confusion and beauty of a region consumed by its own dust. Yet, he invites the viewers to embrace the dust, to embrace one another and to look forward for hope and a greater glory.