Laimah Osman

Laimah says words are containers for emotion. “I experiment with them visually—letters become shapes and lose their meaning. As an immigrant in this country I know how it feels to be excluded and isolated from public dialogue and spaces. I want my art to speak to many people: English readers, Farsi readers, and those who cannot read. Experiencing the work is enough. I make this work thinking about my parents and my own early experiences of arriving to a new country. I want to offer tactile experiences for those who are left out of a dominant language and culture.”

“My themes of love and longing are based in Persian poetry, mantras of compassion are based in Buddhist philosophy and my screen printing approach is a shout out to Sister Mary Corita Kent.”

Women’s Studio Workshop Alumnae

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