asmaa al-issa

asmaa al-issa (Canada/Iraq) Residence: October 2019

asmaa al-issa is currently based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, CA) in 2017, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the University of Calgary (CA) in 2013. She completed a fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar, where she was an instructor and artist in residence in 2018-2019.

My work has, for a long time, heavily interrogated the notion and function of patterns within the contexts of tradition and experience—philosophical, religious, and personal. I have come to understand my art practice as a process of navigating between discursive and non-discursive knowledge, between the spiritual and the practical, and to sense the ways in which they are neither opposite nor separate.

During my residency, I am interested in expanding my knowledge of Shinto traditions and beliefs, focusing especially on people’s relationships with nature and cycles of regeneration. My intention is to engage with the local community and respond to my immediate surroundings as a form of site-specific research, by attuning to patterns within local cultural practice, daily habits, and spiritual traditions.

– website: asmaaalissa.com

1_asmaaa_land
1. land of many rivers (burlap)
2019
300 x 270 cm
Burlap, gold thread, glass beads

2_asmaaa_land2
2. land of many rivers (tulle)
2019
37 cm diameter
Wood embroidery hoop, tulle, gold thread, glass beads

3_asmaaa_monkhol
3. monkhol [sieve]
2019
26.5 cm diameter
Wood embroidery hoop, fibreglass screen, gold thread, glass beads

4_asmaaa_datepalms
4. qatari date palms
2019
Sizes variable
Silver gelatin prints on FB paper, fibreglass screen, clear thread, table

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