Mariam Dawood
School of Visual Arts & Design

Artist Statement

Much of my work is around the strange contingency of memory: trying to bring particular histories of loss and exile into renewed life. I like it when a place has been around long enough that there is a kind of tension between the way it was originally designed to look and the way it eventually ends up looking, as well as a tension between the way it looks to whoever is caring for it and the way it looks to me.

Finding working in a single medium restrictive, I resort to unusual combinations of media. What do I want to say with my art? the marks people make on the world. Notions of time are always compelling. The feeling and the interest in the essence of time is serious, but my dealing with time is not knowledge-based; it is more exploratory and feeling-based.

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