Sawsan Al Bahar Syrian , b. 1990

As an artist, architect and researcher, Sawsan’s studio practice centres on drawing and site-specific installation, bridging the three disciplines. Sawsan’s slow and intense draftsmanship, and her 3d printed installation are an exploration of the tension between abstraction and depiction; hand and machine; physical and digital. She often depicts places and objects from 3d scans both constructed and found, accessing inaccessible landscapes and places in Syria and Palestine.


Sawsan asks questions about the qualities of time, place and displacement as they occur to people of the Middle East. Her work addresses a longstanding preoccupation with a notion of home as myth, often centering on her own life and family history.


Her current interest lies in the materiality and ephemerality of drawing, focusing on explorations of line, composition, form and plasticity.