Pamela Chrabieh is a Lebanese-Canadian visual artist, researcher, activist, writer, and consultant in creative communications with 20+ years of international and multidisciplinary experience. She holds a Higher Diploma in Fine Arts and Restoration of Icons (1999), a MA in Theology, Religions, and Cultures (2001), and a Ph.D. in Theology-Sciences of Religions (2005). As a visual artist, she exhibited her work in Canada, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Hong Kong, China, and the USA. She is the author of numerous publications, and as an activist, she has been a member of local/international NGOs, and a member of executive committees and advisory/editorial boards of several organizations since 1995. Selected as one of the 100 most influential women in Lebanon, she won several prizes in Canada and Southwestern Asia.
At the crossroads of Western Asian iconography, calligraphy, and digital arts, Chrabieh’s current artworks are part of her integrated iconography collection which is about expressing pieces of wounded memories of war by sublimating reality. Each icon depicts scattered elements of women torn by the vicious cycle of war and gives shape to the absence, the missing, the unspoken,... to the afterlives of war survivors in their grief, nostalgia, and remorse co-mingling with hope for a future in which they reclaim the past from ossification, fixed boundaries, and amnesia. Each icon is an attempt to beautify life, transcend the limitations set by tragedy, and is an experience of the sublime that lurks within and beyond the ambiguity of traumas in a quest for the healing of life.