Hi all! So instead of promoting my photos- in a time when I can’t really take any!- I’m sharing some contemporary artists here in Brooklyn that I’m currently drawing inspiration from. First up, the wonderful Hala Hassan.
Hala’s work is SO GOOD, I love the narrative and the statement in her work- her aesthetic is almost misguidedly pleasing and linear, but as it draws you in to enjoy further you get to analyze it’s layers and her work is truly a treat to look at. Born in Lebanon and raised with traditional art practices, Hala has spent the last ten years building her career as a digital strategist, graphic designer, and illustrator- did I mention she’s super talented yet? Her work has been published in Autostraddle, The Seventh Wave, and the Gulf Center for Human Rights and more, and she often contributes to projects grounded in art activism. Hala uses her distinctive one-line drawings (my favorites!) to visualize her experience as a queer, alien artist living in New York City. She is truly the type of artist we need to be seeing more of today- though she is Lebanese this is truly an American story. Check out her site HERE. Stay inspired Brooklyn, and stay Brooklyn strong!
PS- I’ve included Hala’s artist statement at the bottom so that you can see in her own words what she’s all about 🙂 I personally love knowing what an artist is about and then connecting that to their work!
As a queer resident alien in New York City, I use my one-line drawings as a visual tool to uncover the reality of immigration and create a dialog surrounding gender-identity. As someone who lives in a state of uncertainty and is always striving to maintain stability, whether it be with my immigration status or my sexual identity, I believe it’s vital to give a voice to those who are going through similar experiences. My drawings are the most authentic form of expression I can offer to myself and to those who engage with my work. I consider them a commitment to storytelling; once I place my pen to paper, I allow my intuition to take the lead.