Diana Al-Hadid’s ephemeral materiality sculptures

Diana Al-Hadid is a contemporary artist from Syria who now lives and works in New York, about which her work in many ways is about. Diana’s sculptures often recall built structures — cathedrals, pipe organs, towers, labyrinths, cities — yet are made of simple, often delicate or fragile materials, such as polymer gypsum, plaster, fiberglass, wood, polystyrene, cardboard, wax, and paint, commonly found in art and industrial supply shops.

The sculptures have the appearance of unfinished buildings or archaeological remains, and it is often difficult to discern if they are in the process of construction or collapse. Ranging in scale from the human to the architectural, her work references a diverse set of interests, including Arab and Greek mythology, Gothic and Middle Eastern architecture, cosmology and physics.

 Diana Al-Hadid creates breathtaking sculptures that surprise by their unusual forms, unconventional use of materials, and distinctive range of reference and allusion. Her innovative work opens up new ground for the form and meaning of sculpture.

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