Yasmin Sharabi explores her heritage and identity, through her drawings of memories of a specific moment in time. Derived from photographs that either she has taken or that have been passed down through generations, these are replicas of real scenes. Despite their lyricism, nothing is fictionalized. As she draws, Sharabi attempts to magnify the features of the snapshot, to measure and analyze each detail and to expand them to scale. Through this process, by way of the gestures and marks, Sharabi expresses her nostalgia for a particular moment and for the signs, symbols and synchronicities that existed within it. Sharabi often takes her work a step further and creates conceptual and often illusory compositions, based on her real-life studies. What results are hauntingly contemplative drawings, with subtle, yet valuable messages.
Sharabi is American, Palestinian. She was raised in Bahrain where she currently lives. She holds an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute, London (2006) and a BA in Studio Art/ Art History from Concordia University, Montreal (2004), where she was taught by the renowned Canadian painters, Marion Wagschall and the late Yves Gaucher. In 2014 and 2016, she contributed as an artist to the Lamu Art Project, an art residence of Lisson gallery owner, Nicholas Logsdail.
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