Amira Hegazy creates prints, drawings, collages, animations, and interactive experiences that manipulate popular and recognizable forms of image-making to produce art that addresses political and social issues in visually comfortable ways. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois though she is a native of Detroit, Michigan where she grew up between traditional American and Egyptian cultures. Amira's experiences with racial and gender based discrimination inform her work and motivate her activism.
Amira is an MFA candidate in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2015 with a BA in Studio Art and Sociology and honors in International Immersion. Social science and research continue to be an important part of her artistic practice. Amira works as an artist, letterpress printer, educator, and book restoration technician. She has exhibited her work at the International Print Center of New York, The William King Museum of Art and other venues nationally.
Amira is the proprietor of Statement Letterpress and Design where she creates custom prints, books, stationary and editions.
Images are all around us, they assault us and comfort us, but we are not shown their true nature as a language in and of themselves. We are not taught to recognize images as important unless they are hateful (i.e. swastika, KKK hood), patriotic (i.e.flags), or scientific, (i.e. DNA double helix, solar system diagrams). Those images are important to us as a society, but we are also flooded with images we’ve been socialized to pay attention to like advertising and packaging. In my work I take advantage of these popular and accepted forms of image making to create art that addresses uncomfortable issues in culturally comfortable ways.
I believe that in a moment of cultural recognition the highbrow blockades to fine art can be broken down and a community of diverse people can experience art in ways that make them feel invited. I am interested in fostering communion between people across vast chasms of difference. In my work I let myself explore the spaces between artistic mediums, fields of study, and the presentation of information. My research for the past four year has led me to believe there is an art that transcends education and socioeconomic status and that making it can help us overcome some of the biggest issues facing American society today. My work is specifically interested in identity and feelings of self-worth, especially how it pertains to race and gender.