Madiha Siraj is a Muslim American artist based in Dayton, Ohio. Her cross-genre work draws inspiration from geometric patterns popularized by a millennium of Islamic artists. These traditional motifs culminate in her expansive installations, detailed sculptures, and multi-media paintings; through the use of small ‘units’ which are repetitively tessellated, each individual piece is an intricate, complex, and dizzying visual experience.
Madiha’s work is constructed from materials such as polymer clay, seedbeads, glitter, and more. Breaking away from tradition, these contemporary iterations of geometric design use material to evoke an air of playfulness and whimsy. Her use of bright colors and craft materials are not just a nod to the fluidity and timelessness of these designs, they are pure and simple fun. Madiha’s work is both serious and joyous, born from tradition but reliant on contemporaneity. As if peeking through a latticed screen, these intricate tessellations become a partially-revealed, partially-obscured window to the infinite–bridging past, present, and future.
Madiha graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree and is a Masters candidate at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her work has been published by DesignMilk, Hi-Fructose Magazine, and My Modern Met. Madiha has exhibited work at Triple Base Gallery in San Francisco, the International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art in Texas, the Muslim Lifestyle Show hosted by Ahlan Art Gallery in the United Kingdom, and the 40 Under 40 exhibition at Fort Worth Art in Texas.
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