b'Jordan NassarJordan Nassar was born in New York City in 1985, the son of a Polish mother and a US-born Palestinian father. He received a BFA from Middlebury Col-lege, Vermont, in 2007. Growing up, he heard many stories about Palestine, which came to seem like a mythic utopia to him, something to long for but to be unable to visit. His work accordingly explores notions of home, land, exile, and yearning. Nassar uses traditional Palestinian crafts and patterns such as tatreez, a form of cross-stitch embroidery created in panels that are then stitched together ; there are connections between his embroideries and the pixels of digital images. His inspirations include such artists as Etel Adnan, Anni Albers, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Helen Frankenthaler, and Sheila Hicks.Nassars preferred motif is the landscape, and in At Dawn and in the West, the embroidered geometric patterns build up images of mountains, sea, and sky in an abstracted, idealized way. Again, the work evokes the dream of a land he has heard of yet cannot visit since it no longer exists, at least not as in the stories, but his craft connects him to its heritage. After a residency in Yafa, Nassar now collaborates with women-led embroidery col-lectives across Ramallah, Hebron, and Bethlehem. He also works in wood and glass mixed media.At Dawn and in the West, 2022Hand-embroidered cotton on cotton112 96.5109.22.5 cm 113'