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Emma Hartman

With an arsenal of saturated hues, gestural brush marks, and drips, Emma Hartman takes a fresh approach to religious imagery. She invites the viewer to explore the pilgrim's narrative with the goal of a new understanding of these narratives.Emma Hartman is a visual artist and teacher working in Greenville, SC. She received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Bob Jones University and her MFA in painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA.Emma describes her work:The pilgrim seeking the heavenly realm enters a life mysterious, a journey bewildering, a battle infernal, foot-washed in God-blood and supernaturally upheld. This journey often demands a physical revelation to comprehend the spiritual. As such, this series of work investigates the artist's transitory pilgrimage, her search for new understanding of ancient narratives, and the cathartic practice of responding to mystery with mystery. The medium of painting acts in legacy of the Western world&…

Madiha Siraj

Can you believe those are hand made clay flowers?! Madiha Siraj creates intricate work exploring her culture and embracing inevitable imperfections in artwork.We love how she uses Islamic patterns with a fresh color pallet, texture and shine! We hope you enjoy her work as much as we do!
Madiha Siraj is a Muslim American artist from southern California most known for her installation art and polymers clay sculpture pieces. Her installation  “Oyster EB-12” was displayed at the Craft Forward Symposium in San Francisco in 2011, and her work was featured in Design Milk and Hi-Fructose Magazine. 
Her interest in exploring her own culture led her to using Islamic geometric patterns in her paintings. In Islamic art, artists use geometric shapes like circles, and squares to represent the perfection of the universe and God. By using geometric patterns, artists mimic the perfection of God’s universe but ultimately they are not being able to achieve it because of human error. This concept inspired …

Natalya Kochak

Natalya Kochak creates paintings and mixed media work with humanitarian influences of social justice. Born in New York, she has spent time in Chicago, and completing artist in residency programs in Berlin and Beijing, in addition to teaching art in Uganda for two months. She earned her BFA and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently resides in Miami, where she is a professor at Miami International University in the visual arts department. The sculptural books pictured here are from her series My Family Anti-Autobiography which explores constructs of whiteness. She explains her work:This project began organically: two families, both with an interest in genealogy and history, started to look for something, not knowing exactly what. My mother, Jacqueline Kochak, is a journalist with a love and obsession for knowledge and truth who, through the exploration of history, set out on a search for her family history. Along the way, she met Paula Whatley Matabane, who l…