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Dahlia Elsayed

Palisades Park, NJ
2007 Painters & Sculptors Grant Recipient

Dahlia Elsayed combines text and imagery to create visually narrative paintings that document internal and external geographies. Her work is informed by poetry, conceptual art, comics and cartography and employs symbols of hard data - text, geologic forms, geographic borders, signs/markers, coastlines, tide schedules - to frame the soft data of the ephemeral.

Her paintings, prints, and artist books have been shown at galleries and art institutions throughout the United States and internationally, including the 12th Cairo Biennale, BravinLee Programs, Clementine Gallery, and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art. Her work is in the public collections of The Newark Museum, The Zimmerli Museum, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and the New Jersey State Museum, amongst others. She received her MFA from Columbia University and lives and works in New Jersey.

  • Blink If You Like Me, 2012, Nylon, PVC, glitter, 8x 35 x 24 feet. Site-specific installation for Lehman College, Bronx NY.

  • The Sticky Parts, 2011, acrylic on paper, 60 x 155 inches.

  • The Sticky Parts (detail), 2011, acrylic on paper, 60 x 155 inches.

  • Everyone on The Trail Likes To say Hello, paper flags, paint, Astroturf, 10 x 30 x 15 feet. Site-specific installation for Gallery Aferro Window, Newark, NJ.

  • Some Heavy Indulgences, 2009, acrylic on paper, 40 x 60 inches.

  • August Landscape, 2009, acrylic on paper, 45 x 54 inches.

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.