Alma Sinai

Tehran, Iran, 1989

Alma Sinai creates drawings, prints and videos. Her work addresses the notion of absence, the fluctuations of memory, and the efforts made for excavating and remapping remembrances. In her most recent series, Where my past expires in a deed, she uses the TV test patterns, also known as color bars, as a sign for a void and abruption.  Sinai uses the motif as a default and common denominator for the absentees represented by objects in her work. In the same vein, she also uses the phenomenon of phantom limb and phantom memory as a metaphorical tool to unravel her ideas and posit her stance towards the notion of displacement. Her works explore tensions between absence and presence while embodying compressed narratives that do not necessarily have a sharp beginning or end, but rather continue on a loop. Hence, her videos could be considered drawings with a time dimension rather than animated narrative. She uses drawings and transferred images of close friends and collected objects that stand as representatives for the absent people. The objects eventually take a life of their own and develop a story independent from the character for which they stand. Her practice started with figurative drawings and prints; while developing her work at Parsons she began to use print editioning as a method to create frames for videos. Each edition is slightly different from the other, which creates motion in her work.

Alma Sinai moved to the United States in 2010, when she transitioned from studying cinematography to pursuing painting at RISD. In 2012, she studied in Rome through the European Honors Program (EHP).