While a name is a cosmic prison, identity is its guardian. As a Romanian immigrant to the United States, I live in and between two diametrically opposed cultures; from a totalitarian regime to a society in which individuality and information are emphasized. I often dwell upon the relationship of my identity to my displacement, and the ways I have devised to reconcile these incongruous elements. To translate this dilemma formally, my current body of work tackles the dichotomy between containment and liberation by infusing a static diagram with a charge that propels it into motion.
The elements I incorporate in my visual lexicon are either borrowed directly or paraphrased from several disparate arenas including Eastern European folklore, architecture, and topography. Collectively these references create complex and fractured allegorical “maps” of my physical, emotional and intellectual journey. I regard these maps as a means to explore loss itself as a form of identity, an identity that transforms the schema of containment into ritualized forms of self-expropriation.
Ema Harris-Sintamarian is an artist originally from Romania whose work is informed by the relationship of her identity to her sense of displacement, and the ways she has devised to reconcile these incongruous elements. Her intricate yet expansive drawings tackle the dichotomy between containment and liberation by infusing a static diagram with a charge that propels it into motion. Harris-Sintamarian is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, and her work has also been shown in New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Sweden, France, Canada, Austria, Italy and Romania. She is the recipient of the 2013 Eureka Fellowship/ Fleishhacker Foundationthe, the 2010 Silicon Valley Arts Council Award 2008 ArtShift Award and has participated in the residency programs at the Djerassi, Vermont Studio Center and San Jose ICA. She received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Delaware and an MFA in Painting from San Jose Sate University. She is an Adjunct Instructor at San Jose State University and San Jose City College.