Dala Nasser (b.1990) is a Beirut based artist centring her practice around questions of material and process. Inspired by land art, textiles, and craft, her practice finds its starting point in an event from which the fundamental subjects are reduced to conceptually representative materials, reworked to form both the surface and content of each work. The aim is to shift the focus from the agency of the human artist to the non-human materials themselves recognising the active participation of things in events. The defiance in the work of the conventional conceptions of painting is clear, yet the works’ respective purposes reveal themselves in their materiality, and the processes in which they interact with one another changing their form and appearance over time.
Having received her BFA in Fine Arts with focus in painting from UCL’s Slade School of Arts in London in 2016, she was awarded the Boise Travel Scholarship and the Sursock Museum in Beirut’s 32nd Salon D’Automne Emerging Artist Prize. Her work was featured in Sharjah Biennial 13 ACT II at the Beirut Art Center, and at Victoria Miro London’s cross generational female abstract painters’ exhibition entitled Surface work. She has exhibited work in the UK, USA, Canada, France, UAE, and Lebanon.