Artist's statement

Full Artist's statement

My approach to painting, much like myself, is a hybrid between multiple techniques. Having lived on three continents by the age of 12, my work explores identity, belonging, and our shared human experience. As complex as that sounds, my work’s objective is to simply, clarify, and balance. My painting process starts with the notions of risk juxtaposed with control. Yet, it’s within this dichotomy that balance is achieved. A visual order is constantly shifting, as I invite in the arbitrary yet stay conscious of its counterpart.

Using the thickness of acrylics along with the fluidity of the ink create yet another visual paradox played out in these color fields, as marks obscure the traces of layers that are revealed and interwind through the surface.

This process mirrors how we often find balance between complementary yet opposing aspects of our nature; how deliberate are we in what we invite in versus what is allowed to unfold? The end result reveals a complex, yet intuitive symmetry, where the unexpected and the intentional coexist in a delicate balance.


All work by Lina

Lina Alattar
2017, 26 x 20 x 3, Ink and acrylic
Lina Alattar
2016, 24"x40", Acrylic and ink on canvas
Lina Alattar
2017, 36x48x2, Ink and acrylic on yupo
Lina Alattar
2016, 24"x36", Acrylic and ink on canvas