Doris Bittar was born in Baghdad, Iraq of Lebanese parentage and her early childhood was spent in the outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon. Her memories of Lebanon are rich with pattern, from Oriental rugs to her mother’s embroidery. Her family immigrated to New York where eventually she studied Fine Arts. In the United States, Bittar’s observations both coincided and clashed with the portrayal of the “exotic Orient” and the various images of Arabs, Jews and Europeans.
Doris Bittar website
Initially, I planned to layer various non-iconographic patterns to form conversation between cultural voices. This continues to be part of the plan but the events of September 11 gave me pause and I began to focus on two cultural designs in particular: the American flag and Islamic patterns. For me these two designs merged seamlessly in the aftermath of that tragedy. These abstract images both angered me and at the same time I felt bound to them. The Islamic design is a filter, a window or a screen with which to contextualize my view and experience of being an Arab American. The flag at times is expressing itself, too, feeling confined and moody as it ripples or is in shadow…
The Work of Doris Bittar, 1989-2007 features a survey of paintings from three series, Lebanese Linen, Orientalism,
and People of the Book, as well as the premiere of two installations from the photographic series Kul Shay
The art of Doris Bittar
Doris Bittar Looks At Lebanon Through Another Eye