Reception: March 23, 8PM to 11PM
On The Barewalls
The basis of my work involves evoking the hybrid nature of my cultural experiences. Being immersed in two distinct cultures – broadly speaking South-Asian and Western – there is a splitting of perception. The result is not a binary view, but of a composite form with an emphasis on ambivalence. A dialogue bounces back and forth in a resultant third space, wary of becoming confined and harnessed to one idea or the other; instead conventions break down, and a mash of images emerge.
Falling in line with contemporary theory in hybridity, contents of the third space float in a non-hierarchical system where instead of one culture taking precedence over another, I imagine them to break up, re-aggregate and re-synthesize.
There is a story that runs through each painting yet the narrative is conveyed all at once in a non-linearity. Within this third space, the story does not necessarily have a conclusion, moral, or political position; but its significance is only in relating multiple viewpoints in the same space.
A personal archive of symbolism has developed over the years solidifying my style. I am influenced by a number of artistic periods including Persian miniature painting, surrealism, and magic realism. The imagery of the Eastern past and contemporary West, as well as the fantastic magical, and rational real, fuse and interact within each painting. The vibrant colours offer an exotic dream-like opulence while the flat brushstroke style elicits a sense of controlled introversion and solemnity, thus keeping in theme with the work being ambivalent in nature.
Sadia Fakih is a painter living in Calgary, and currently studying at the Alberta College of Art & Design.