I first saw Diana Al-Hadid when she gave an amazing lecture on 'the blank page' at The Lost Lectures in New York. I was immediately fascinated by her large-scale sculptures and the modest but confident way she talked about her artworks and how they emerged from a blank page. My sister, who was sat next to me, felt the exact same so I thought it was time to introduce her work to you guys.
Diana was born in Syria in 1981 and moved to the US when she was five years old. She now lives in New York where she works from a huge Bushwick loft with enough space for her large artworks. Along with sculptures, she also draws and produces installations. Her works have been show at prestigious galleries not only in the US but also across Europe and the Middle East.
Her sculptures are mostly abstract but often include architectural or figurative elements. They always have a painterly finish and are usually composed of steel, polystyrene, cardboard, plywood, plaster, gold leaf or resin. She draws inspiration from her old and her new home, from the East and the West, mainly from the past. Her sculptures reference Gothic architecture as well as Western paintings, Astronomy and Physics, biblical and mythological stories.
During the lecture she talked about the artist's fear of the blank page but said, it was nothing to be scared of. She usually doesn't know where the project is leading when she starts, often lets the materials lead her and actually wants it to misbehave to discover something new.
Her Smoke and Mirrors sculpture is probably my favourite work by her by the other ones are equally as unique and fascinating.
The video below shows Diana at work and it's well worth a watch.
Images: Dianaalhadid.com and Vogue.com