Dahlia Elsayed

June 2012

Image and Text

Course Description
In this workshop we will explore the often fluid boundaries between visual art and writing, and the fusion of text and image as complementary devices for visual communication. How does text augment a visual narrative? What are the best compositional strategies for your medium? How can a written diaristic practice inform your visual work? Using your own writing, found and/or sourced text, we will experiment with the combinative power of words alongside or integrated into image, from the meaning of the words themselves to the way they are visually depicted. Our goal is to make new work, and on an individualized basis, to move deeper into the possibilities of your artistic practice. Open to all levels.

Supply List
Text sources (your own writing, or other)
*Brushes, paints, and tools appropriate to your medium
*Pens, pencils, markers, erasers - basic drawing materials
*Watercolor (sturdy) paper or canvas
*Ruler, scissors, exacto knife
Optional: stencils, photocopied text, adhesive/glue

*Items marked with an asterisk are available in the Shakerag store.

Artist's Statement

Writing and painting are close processes for me, coming in part from my background in writing, as well as from an interest in the relationship between language and image. For over a decade, I have been making paintings and installations that synthesize an internal and external experience of place, connecting the topographical with the psychological through image and text.
Visually, the work pulls from conceptual art, comics, cartography, and landscape painting, and employs symbols of hard data - text, geologic forms, geographic borders, signs/markers, coastlines, tide schedules - to frame the soft data of the ephemeral, adapting a quantitative schema to the qualitative.

Artist's Biography
Dahlia Elsayed combines text and imagery to create visually narrative paintings that document internal and external geographies. Her work is informed by autobiography and environment to create illustrated documents of places and memories. Her paintings, prints, and artist books have been shown at galleries and art institutions throughout the United States and internationally, including the 12th Cairo Biennale, BravinLee Programs, Clementine Gallery, and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art. Her work is in the public collections of The Newark Museum, The Zimmerli Museum, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and the New Jersey State Museum, amongst others.
Dahlia has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, Visual Studies Workshop, Women’ s Studio Workshop, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She received her MFA from Columbia University and lives and works in New Jersey.

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