Whether drawing comics or building sculptures, Rumi focuses on the overlapping axis of personal identities and social change via artwork with an integrated storytelling component. By grounding their work in storytelling, they seek to build a bridge between themselves and their audience. In their sculptures, they explore different materials that can be used to facilitate interaction with the audience--including magnetized figures--to encourage play and world-building. Often delving into their own experiences and their family history, Rumi’s work seeks to shed light on ways of empowering marginalized peoples.
The primary focus of Rumi's clinical practice has been adult mental health, working with a variety of clients with struggles including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and Alzheimer's. Rumi recognizes that art therapy can serve several different purposes and works with each client to define their goals. Rumi seeks to learn about their client's specific needs as well as the social and cultural framework that affect their lives so they can tailor therapeutic work to their individualized circumstances. To do this, they draw from harm reduction, narrative therapy, and relational cultural frameworks. Structure, support, and relationship-building are the key factors in both their art-making and clinical practices.