Sculptor Marie Khouri is currently on display at the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver, Canada. The exposition features her newest work titled, “Let’s Sit and Talk.”
Born in Egypt then raised in Lebanon, Khouri’s work is deeply symbolic and springs from a place nurtured both by classical training and historical events. An artist who’s childhood is scarred by civil war, Contemporist says, ” [Khouri's] sculptures blend and extend metaphors of language, form and the body to propose an inextricable link – both political and personal – to a life deeply affected by the complex histories of the Middle East; and it is from these histories that her most evocative works emerge, rooted in a profound sense of dislocation and a search for a greater sense of place.”
This intricate seating arrangement is unique in several ways, from it’s technique to it’s meticulous layout which, from above, elegantly spells out it’s own name in Arabic. “The individual letters have carved-away alcoves and curves designed to comfortably cradle the human body while the forms themselves mimic those of a reclining figure, allowing for the development of symbiotic relationship between the physical body and the symbolic figure of the sculpture.” Part of this deep, cultural symbolism is derived from what is called Mashrabiya, carved wooden screens used for privacy between the inside and outside world in traditional Arabic homes. While the script employs a dynamic structure for the set, the Mashrabiya incorporates delicate designs within the sturdy framing.
“Within this highly sophisticated material, her timeless forms remain firmly situated in the contemporary moment. As the flowing arabesque-like shapes and minimalist material impulses unfold, so does the whole of the piece.” Each sculpture is hand crafted and intense in it’s own right. The creation employs both the traditional and the modern to produce a set that is purely it’s own and sends a direct message: Let’s Sit and Talk.
Submitted by Coco