Fann A Porter gallery is pleased to invite you to the opening reception of Gusts of Wind, the first solo exhibition by Shereen Shalhoub, on Sunday, 21 April, 7 pm,
Fann A Porter gallery is pleased to invite you to the opening reception of Gusts of Wind, the first solo exhibition by Shereen Shalhoub, on Sunday, 21 April, 7 pm, featuring a of experimental sculptural clay works.
Many pieces in the exhibition reveal varying perceptions of bird’s wings, which the artist is using as a symbol for human experience. In some, the visible details of feathers are clear and others are more abstract and fluid, a result achieved through piping. The free-flowing forms are made by piping clay as slip – a medium used for molding and casting the material. The sculptures have an imperfect finish reflecting the heart of the exhibition’s concept, which Shalhoub has based around a biological function of a bird’s wing. A bird has the ability to morph and change the shape of its wings to respond to its circumstances. They twist through a range of shapes, angles and asymmetries in a natural and constant metamorphosis. Here, Shalhoub has taken wings as a representation of inner truth. Her main focus was to raise a question; “if our true essence is to be flawless to be considered perfect, then how do we push through our own gusts of wind without any struggles?”
Some of the sculptures combine the piping technique with dripped wax from candles, which, for Shalhoub is a metaphor for these layers. Each of us is made of many different experiences and these make us more resilient. Here, then, the artist is aiming to show that we too must adapt and also rail against the social perception of perfection.
“In this exhibition, I am portraying the message that life experiences that are continuously reshaping us and that we are on a constant journey. We are made of layers of experiences and at the center of it is a core being, my work investigates this core and, in some cases, reveals it,” says the artist.
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April 21 (Sunday) - May 31 (Friday)
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