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Doris Bittar


Watching Jacob

[Detail of Eugene Delacroix's

In the late 1980s to mid-1990s, Eugène Delacroix's wall painting "Jacob Wrestling with the Angel" at San Sulpice in Paris became a symbolic and iconic painting for me, a prism that reflected East and West dynamics. This exploration turned to obsession. However, before I delved into this painting and many others by Delacroix, I was a student of Edward Said in my approach; a visual inquiry that paralleled Said’s literary one. Said’s Orientalism, The Question of ...

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Doris Bittar


Doris Bittar's activities range from art making and teaching to writing and community organizing. Through the use of specific decorative motifs and patterns, her paintings and mulit-disciplinary installations bridge historical and geopolitical legacies between “East” and “West.” Her recent multimedia installations focus on cities and their regional historical legacies. She was featured in the Arab American National Museum’s inaugural exhibition in 2005 and has exhibited in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. She was featured in “Political Patterns” in Berlin 2011, the Sharjah Biennial 9 in 2009, the Alexandria Biennial in Egypt 2010 (from which she received an award) and the Ninapi Gallery in Ravenna, Italy 2008. 

She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts at the State University of New York at Purchase, a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. Public collections include the California Center for the Arts, the Arab American National Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Russell Sage Foundation (New York), The Bank of Sharjah (UAE) and the Athenaeum of La Jolla (California). Her work has been reviewed by Art in America, die Freitig, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, X-tra and Alhayat, among other publications. As a writer, she has published features and reviews in Al Jadid, Alternet.Com, Canvas, Muraqqa and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Doris has taught at the University of California, San Diego among other US colleges and universities and at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.