April 02, 2019
DreamPath Podcast with Bryan Smith
Hiba is a self-taught painter who identifies as a multidisciplinary artist - she paints, programs, and leads community-based interactive art events. She enjoys involving the public in art-making as it elevates our culture and introduces a novel dialogue especially when it is discussing controversial topics.
At the age of 8, life forced Hiba to explore the idea of hope through pain and fear. She found it by making sculptures using shrapnel she found on the streets of Baghdad near her house. Throughout her childhood and well into her adolescence she experienced a lot of disorder in the form of trauma, turmoil, fear, abandonment, instability, escape, terror, religious and traditional restrictions, cancer, death, and grief. Despite all of this, as an adult, she arrived at some form of peace and order. She demonstrates this concept by deconstructing the traditional rules of painting and by creating order from disorder. She paints as she sketches - she starts with large areas first, prioritizing form, size, or lighting. She makes many lines and images until they are combined into one idea. Shadows vary with the intensity of feelings in her work. She uses large amounts of paint, and layers to arrive at the core of her intention. Each painting is a theatrical scene that uses color, lines, disorder to find symmetry, normalcy, and ultimately arriving at a cohesive order.
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