Naima White

There are many ways to articulate pattern, and my interest in them stems from the innate humane need to find them in almost everything that we look at. When we look at pictures of Mars or the Moon many times we will see a face, as if to identify something familiar in the strange and unfamiliar. I like to use this natural need when creating my work, often taking subjects or landscapes and turning them into surreal images, this gives the viewer a chance to make there own personal interpretation.


My work is an exploration of textures and pattern where I concentrate on organic shape and color, and typically create both abstracted atmospheric pieces as well as figurative pieces. When creating abstract work, I look to the environment for inspiration and to textiles for composition. I’m American with Iraqi Jewish heritage, therefore drawn to aspects of Middle Eastern design, particularly the Persian rugs that I grew up with, and the creative ways they utilize organic shapes. When creating figurative work my pieces reflect my experience as a woman and how the female body is idealized, particularly the standards that apply to women in our creation stories, since this affects the language we use to talk about them in the modern world. My figures are often absorbed to become part of the pattern, yet sometimes she is left with little context and the viewer is compelled to fill in the blanks with the norms that they understand or with their own experiences.