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Under the SkinFeminist Art and Art Histories from the Middle East and North Africa Today$
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Ceren Özpınar and Mary Kelly

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266748

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266748.001.0001

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Locating the First Sculptural Mark

Locating the First Sculptural Mark

An Artist Interview with Diana Al-Hadid

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Under the Skin

Mary Kelly

British Academy

Diana Al–Hadid was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1981 and she currently lives and practices her art in Brooklyn, New York. This interview with Al–Hadid is an engagement with just one voice from the Syrian diaspora. The text explores the artist’s methods and strategies in art making for the purpose of recording new primary sources in the History of Art, which can be used to generate different ways of understanding Al–Hadid’s sculptures. The various themes discussed in the interview including: the artist’s engagements with materials and materiality; the formal qualities in her art; historical and art historical influences such as the Islamic Golden Age and Old Master painting; her attention to the original and editions; and the three broad spheres of typologies which are located in her oeuvre. In addition, Al–Hadid reveals her various processes of making which lead to the location of the first artistic mark on a new work of art.

Keywords:   Diana Al–Hadid, Sculpture, Artist interview, Syrian–American artist, Contemporary art, Materials and materiality

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