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With an Egyptian father and a Caucasian American mother, Amirra Malak considers herself an “authentic hybrid” stretched between two contrasting cultures. For most of her childhood, she lived in Kuwait and Egypt while she has lived in the Pacific Northwest of the United States for most of adulthood. Her work is infused with the tensions and ambiguity experienced within this “third space” by integrating solid form with dissolving pattern and text. While Amirra has been a painter for many years, she is now working to extend her art-making practice to include video, specifically meditative immersive video via installation art and virtual reality.
She shares her passion for art making and authentic expression with her two children and her high school students in Hood River where she has been an art teacher for sixteen years. She strives to create equity and access to college level art curriculum for all students through building and maintaining an inclusive AP art program at Hood River Valley High School and serving on the Hood River County School District Equity Committee. She also serves on the Arts Academic Advisory Committee and Advanced Placement Studio Art Development Committee for the College Board. She was awarded the College Board Regional Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts for her equity work within the AP Studio Art program.