Between Sky and Earth: Jordan Nassar
indigenous craft tradition supported through informal familial networks. Nassar has studied these textile patterns both in books and in direct contact with female artisans while participating in residencies and visiting Israel and Palestine. For certain works, he further develops a relationship with the artisans by beginning a composition and then sending the piece to the women to finish however they like, establishing a collaborative parity.
Nassar’s recent pieces take the traditional patterns as starting points, and building blocks, of idealized landscapes. The timeless, art historically rich subject of landscape opens up—through the specific resonances of his Palestinian cross-stitch patterns—to engage with issues as varied as language and ethnicity and concerns such as heritage and homeland, belonging and alienation. Nassar’s strikingly colored landscapes become both fantastic and seductive visions of, to quote the artist, “A Palestine that only really exists in the mind of the diaspora.”
Alexander J. Bacon Curatorial Associate / Ph.D. candidate, Art & Archaeology