Smoke break on the Tigris River with my sister, grandmother and mother. I am second from left. Iraq 1977.

Smoke break on the Tigris River with my sister, grandmother and mother. I am second from left. Iraq 1977.

Biography

Lahib Jaddo was born in Bagdad in 1955 to Turkmani parents from Kirkuk and Tel-Afar. The first of five siblings, she spent her childhood in Iraq until her family was exiled in 1965 due to political reasons. She spent her formative years in Beirut, Lebanon. At the age of 22, she moved to the United States and continued her education in Architecture and Art. She settled in Texas to raise her children and become an artist. 

In 2016, Lahib retired after twenty years of being a professor at the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University. She is currently a full time artist dedicated to painting with a studio located at Saint Augustine, Florida. 

Artist Statement

I am an Iraqi-born visual artist based in the United States. I create my work through processes of improvisation and self-discovery, where I explore questions of identity and home in the context of diaspora. Whether placed in landscapes of belonging, or negative abstract spaces of isolation, the female figures in my work explore the circumstances of planting roots in a new world, while remaining inextricably connected to another.