University of Baghdad, 2000, MA
Parsons School of Design
The what of my Art: it derives from the concrete being of the world, and emerges in the processing of experiences, in paint, surface, photograph, texture, tar, shellac, plant materials, minerals, and the spectrum. I make art from these elements. I conceive, draw, and speculate in various color combinations to shape ideas in an attempt to share them. Valid approaches to solving artistic problems invariably require good judgment. The delicate balance between an art object’s phenomenological origin and its meaning potential is often difficult to sustain.
The living tragedy of Iraq—my home country—generates many of my artistic ideas. Car bombings killed and maimed large numbers of simple, ordinary people in the markets, near schools, where workers gathered, on busses, and by police stations. My story is a tale of uncaged, irrational violence that stalks the cities, villages, and highways. My purpose as an artist is to bear witness to these horrors. My art is devoted to depicting violence and its consequences.
In Baghdad in 2005, I was only minutes away from a terror explosion. The ground shook, and the car I was riding in was pushed by the concussive pressure. I experienced an ear piercing blast up close, emotional horror, physical sickness, the dreadful mess, and complete confusion; I survived by luck alone.
This memory and others like it became a part of me. My artwork consists mostly of my experiences with war, violence, immigration and the acculturation, which rose from that. As an interdisciplinary artist I often use mixed media with nontraditional materials like tar and shellac involving photography and printmaking in my painting process beside her work on sculpture, video art, performance, and animation.