The studio is where I find myself and lose myself in the same moment. I work with mixed media, painting, drawing to communicate and express myself. 

 

Connection and protection are socially, emotionally, and culturally at an all-time focus nationally and internationally. My work visually addresses the meaning of protection as an essential need for survival. Along with the idea that protection can come from something larger than man-kind as well as from within ourselves.  Depending on the series of work I explore the usage of the universal symbol of the Nazar, an eye-shaped amulet believed to ward off the “evil eye.”  Prior to working with the Mati ( greek translation for "eye".) I was inspired by the concept of the hamsa and created whimsical facial portraits in a hamsa silhouette to portray themes and symbols fundamentally inspired by the Tanakh or otherwise known as the Pentateuch. These pieces are a part of my Empath Series. 

 

In the Empath Series, each canvas is wrapped with handwritten text from the hamsa prayer on the sides. The hamsa prayer states, “Let no sadness come to this heart. Let no trouble come to these arms. Let no conflict come to these eyes. Let my soul be filled with the blessing of joy and peace.” I use this prayer as a ritual when completing each piece. It’s not meant to be read, it’s just intentionally meant to exist in harmony with each piece.

Tel. 917-617-5956 I  nerissa@nerissaballand.art

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