Saj Issa

Region: MFA Annual


City / State: Los Angeles, CA

My paintings are a representation of displacement, identity, social issues, labour, and consumerism. The implementation of ceramic tiles alongside the paintings is an attempt to reference my personal experiences with religion, politics, and parallels of the East and West. I want my viewers to be provoked, informed, and entertained by my work. I position myself as a sardonic commentator through overlapping hypocrisies that each culture is guilty of yet points blame elsewhere. This is reflective of my perspective as an individual situated on both sides. By putting form to these social overlaps, I am attempting to bring awareness to viewers of their own similarities to the side they position themselves against.