Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
Daliah Ammar, a Palestinian-American artist, currently resides in Los Angeles, California. With an academic background deeply rooted in the arts, Ammar earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. She further pursued her passion for visual arts by completing her Master of Fine Arts with a focus on Painting from the Pratt Institute in 2022.
Over the years, Ammar has gained comprehensive experience spanning various artistic disciplines, confirming her versatility as an artist. Despite her proficiency across numerous art forms, she holds a particular affinity for painting, ceramics, and visual design. These mediums allow her to express her creativity in a tangible form, where her hands become the conduit for transferring her vivid imagination onto canvas, clay, or digital platforms.
Her series, "Shooting Stars," depict memories of her summers spent in Palestine growing up. The works represent Ammar’s sense of displacement from Palestinian culture as she grows older.
“The summer I was 18, my family visited Palestine. As we drove down the highway one evening, we saw cars pulling over ahead; turning off the radio we heard sirens screaming. People left their cars, looked up, and watched a missile’s trail cut the sky in half above us. I had lived in Palestine as a teenager and visited every summer as a child. Air raid drills were common in schools and cities but I had never seen a real rocket before.”
Ammar continues, “One of my earliest memories of Palestine is the smell of burning. Trash and crop burning is very common over there, especially among the smaller villages and along the highways of farm fields at night. I have never experienced anything like it growing up in the states. I have always lived in the space between two lands. I am half Palestinian and half American and I speak very few words of Arabic. My entire life I have relied on my father to communicate with my family and make me comfortable in this culture that is supposed to be my own. This series of Burn paintings explores my sense of displacement. They are not only a literal representation of my memories of Palestine, but also this widening distance I have carved between myself and my culture as I have grown older.”