Dimitry Saïd Chamy
Dimitry Saïd Chamy is an artist and designer of transdisciplinary practice. Working from a queer, mixed Middle Eastern and Caribbean immigrant perspective, he draws from ritual and linguistic systems to create works that explore speculative futures and symbolic world-building through drawing, pattern, participatory artifact creation, and storytelling.
Chamy received an Oolite Arts Ellies Creator award in 2021 for Miami Artists Font: a creative typology, a symbolic alphabet representing the work of Miami-based artists by inviting them to submit symbolic fragments of their artist practice as glyphs for a font family. He has exhibited from New Haven to Beijing, including Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, New York, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Chamy holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University.
Born in Port-au-Prince and raised in a Haïtian-Lebanese family, before immigrating to the United States, Chamy has taught at six universities and served as an Erasmus+ Scholar and Honorary Chair at the Art Academy in Latvia. Chamy is a Research Associate, Resident Artist and founding faculty at the Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator at Florida International University in Miami where he bases his studio.
Drawing is my meditation. I doodle and noodle in a space where flow becomes form feeding a reservoir of symbols that allow me to discover an endless expanse within. Lacan believed the unconscious was structured like a language. My work generates structures for the liminal spaces where diasporic beings use symbols and patterns as protection spells and portals to possibilities—welcoming all to participate, resist, or play.
Drawing is queering the lines between binaries and building bridges. Drawing unites Islamic tiles, scraps of fabric from my grandmother’s sewing trunk, rice and beans, painted tap-taps, tropical aquatica, the kitschy detritus of ancient colonial regimes, a cat asleep at my side, and the movements of immigrant escape and renewal. Drawing is ritual, exploration, and proof of life. Drawing is how our future begins.