Artist Statement

Being the daughter of an African immigrant has made me sensitive towards topics of displacement, social injustice, cultural and environmental preservation. By using contemporary and traditional forms of graphic design, I curate stories by investigating ancient histories and translating them into contemporary contexts. My work is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of diminished and forgotten histories of lesser-known groups of people and overlooked environments.  


Inspired by visual artists and designers such as Paul Rand, Herbert Bayer, Sofie Beirer, Lauren Hom, Rene Knip, Olafur Eliasson, Zarina Hashmi, Federico Babina, Ettore Sottsass, and Roberto Burle Marx, my art and design practice is dedicated to defining the built environment and echoing its architectural message through the interactions between land and man, type and space. 

Pockets of culture can be found through typography, architecture, color palettes, and language. I use graphic and type design within the built environment to communicate the subtleties of time and place and to tell cultural and visual stories. Through my work, I hope to help audiences find an association with place through typography and design that reminds us of home and/or a place of comfort.

Amira Maruf © 2020