Artist StatementI draw from my varied life experiences to explore concepts that deal with evolving identity. Having lived on three continents by the age of 12, my work explores rootlessness, belonging, identity, and our shared human experience. These paintings are part of a series that explores ourselves and the world around us—our light, our shadows, our wholeness. I have a long and passionate obsession with color, shape and space. I am especially attracted to emotive paradox - serene and chaotic, lush and messy, loose and intense - made tangible through the painted landscape. It is within this paradox that the magic is revealed, bringing a transient experience into view. It nudges me to pay attention to the rhythms, patterns, and colors—the underlying wonders surrounding us. These paintings act as a reminder that we have always been travelers, expanding the parameters of our identity, searching for aesthetic experience, guiding ourselves into wholeness.
Lina Alattar received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Middle Tennessee State University. She continued her painting education in Gubio, Italy through an Art Study Program, while studying with painters who encouraged an experimental, process-based approach to painting. Upon returning to the states, she continued painting education at The George Washington University alongside a career in graphic design. She worked as a Creative Art Director, as well as numerous freelance work including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Lina is a recipient of the 2016 Art Bank grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Her recent solo exhibitions include Hillyer Art Space, Touchstone Gallery and Capital One. Group exhibitions include Greater Reston Arts Center, McLean Projects for the Arts, George Mason University, and Caravan, a traveling exhibition in London and NYC.
Lina has also served as a Vise President of the Board for Touchstone Gallery. Her work is in numerous pubic and private collections including The Mary Washington Hospital, Virginia Hospital Center and private practices and residences.
You can see more of her work by visiting www.LinaAlattar.com