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Samar Hussaini

Oh Canary
513 A Valley Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040

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“My art is a record of my Arab identity and every viewer is part of my achievement.”

Born in the United States to Palestinian parents Hussaini visualizes layered challenges and enriching distinctions of being an Arab-American and strives to create thought-provoking ideas for dialogue and hope. She tells the story of Arab culture in a positive light transforming the narrative portrayed during this turbulent time. Her work reveals the story of Arab people in a humanizing way and depicts the many layers of rich cultural symbols that create a strong identity.

Hussaini uses elements such as traditional embroidered Palestinian cross-stitch indicating regional identity; Palestinian icons such as the Keffiyeh (head scarf) and the hand-stitched Thobe (dress) that all relate to her heritage; and the writings of her father Dr. Hatem Hussaini who was a political activist.

Mixed media elements such as paper, charcoal, pencil, metal leaf and acrylic paint on canvas, reveal intense personal experiences luring the viewer in to uncover the depths of an intricate and multi-challenged reality. Hussaini’s works isolate movement and emotions -- vitalizing new sequences and illuminating an inseparable relationship between layers.

Samar Hussaini, Arab American, Fine Artist and Graphic Designer, lives and creates fine art paintings outside of NYC in West Orange, NJ.

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