On the Wall: Nadia Haji Omar is the fourth installment of PC–G’s On the Wall program, an annual commission of immersive artworks applied directly to the walls of the gallery. It is presented as part of an interdisciplinary initiative at the College to explore rich traditions and develop new scholarship around the mural as conceptual art form.
Nadia Haji Omar is a multimedia artist who explores issues related to the human mind, body, and environment. She often combines the practices of painting, drawing, and photography, making marks and paintings on top of photographic prints. Her work investigates sociopolitical subjects such as hybrid culture and the transformation of language, and visually addresses philosophical and physiological challenges of the human condition. Working on large-scale panels embedded into the walls of PC–G’s Reilly Gallery, Haji Omar’s On the Wall project is an architectural and visual meditation inspired by the hundreds of years worth of handwritten Sinhalese and Tamil poetry found on the “mirror wall” at Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress in the artist’s native country of Sri Lanka.
Haji Omar is of Syrian, Indian, and Sri Lankan descent, with degrees from Bard College and the School of Visual Arts. She currently lives and works in Warren, Rhode Island.