Headlands Center for the Arts

Sahar Khoury

california | visual
Artist in Residence Program 2020—2021

Artist Statement

My art practice is primarily an act of triage, with direct traces of the process found throughout the work. I incorporate cement, metal, ceramic, resin, pigments, and textile/papier-mâché in unruly ways, favoring a low-fi look and the absurd over industrially produced constructions that hide any visible evidence of their making. I create sculptures and installations out of cast, hand built, relief, and fabricated materials. I operate in a state of improv and problem solving with whatever is at hand, using rejected or found materials from my surrounding neighborhood, community, and personal daily space as armatures or as a conceptual starting point. I draw inspiration from the simultaneous destruction and construction present in landscapes

While at Headlands

While at Headlands, I will focus exclusively on creating one immersive site-specific installation incorporating found elements from the immediate surroundings along with more familiar materials—such as papier-mâché, textile, cement, and ceramic—to incrementally transform the studio space into an architectural environment.

Selected Works

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