Media Design, Moving Image Video
Huda Totonji is an established Arab female artist. She obtained her BA in Studio Art and MFA in Art and Visual Technology from the US with academic excellence. She is a master calligrapher certified in teaching Arabic Calligraphy (Ijazat Alkhat Alarabi). As a great enhancement for future leadership in academia, her interest in scholarly research guided the completion of her PhD degree in Fine Art and Visual Technology. As an artist, researcher, and lecturer Huda has gained extensive recognition in various exhibitions, as well as universities in the United States, internationally enjoying substantial media coverage. Currently engaged in Performance Art, Video Installation, Multi-Media, Drawing, Painting, and Photography, Huda’s doctoral dissertation explores the integration of text and image in Islamic calligraphy, female subjectivity, art and science. Her career is focused on establishing robust educational channels between international schools and other universities in Saudi Arabia, ultimately leading Saudi female educators and artists into outstanding, productive and creative educational environments.
Huda Totonji’s artwork documents of an often contradictory existence in two cultures-her native (natal) culture, and her Western cultural coming of age and education. The many challenges of being a Muslim woman in Western culture have become sites for her artistic exploration, urgently explored and faced in the daily molding of new artistic approaches. She intentionally keeps a hand in many disciplines, choosing to move between image and text—refusing to be pinned down or defined by a single category. From interests in both painting and Arabic calligraphy, Totonji became increasingly aesthetically and culturally involved in the relationship between textuality and visuality. Her work has moved from painting towards video, performance and text in response to investigating issues and questions about femininity and representation. Her cross-cultural background informs these artistic interests. Huda says, “I see myself as an artist-researcher with feet firmly in two cultures.” Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, her seminal basis is in Eastern thought, yet adulthood in the United States has allowed Western thought to shape her identity here, including exploring art dealing with Feminine subjectivity as Source.
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