"My deepest yearnings and desires are best expressed as poetic compositions. Using abstraction and representation, I employ visual means to infer experiences, the images serving as shadows of memory that set in motion the process of remembering and the creation of new experiences. Escaping a linear interpretation while pointing to an abstract meaning, my paintings reflect my desire for a union in the context of duality, a response to the calling of my soul and venturing a glimpse into the lesser known areas of my psyche."

Website: https://hamidzart.shutterfly.com/

Artwork by Hamid Zavareei

Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?

In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.

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