This dual exhibition is an hymn to the amazing grace of paper and glass sculpting by 2 young Egyptian artists: painter MARIAM FARIED and sculptor SAYED WAKED, paving the way in their specific field with their unique talent.
MARIAM FARIED (1986) uses paper and a cutter to create colorful, highly intricate works of art. Unlike most painters, the most important tools in her work are not only paintbrushes, but needles and cutters.
Pierce, shred, carve and slice it is an intricate art of paper perforation technique to create extreme embroidery. Paper is also a material which offers many textures, aspects, and colors for her to mix all these possibilities while she makes time for playing with other material like silver strings, gold-leaf and acrylique. Her tool arsenal evokes fire outburst, transparency and other elements for
paper cutting to become an extension of painting.
Paper is central to Mariam Faried. Her mastered technique is driven to produce such elaborate confections from this humblest of material. She is inspired by the contemporary paper cutting to Japanese katagami stencils, Mexican papel picado and the medieval practice of excising illuminations from manuscripts.
She graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Helwan University in July 2006, then pursued Post Graduate Studies in Painting & Drawing at Helwan University, July 2007.
Egyptian Youth Salon Award (2010), Ministry of Culture, Egypt
National Award for Artistic Creativity (2014), Egypt
SAYED WAKED is a glass Sculptor, (1976). He uses both figuration and abstraction to express his vision about human relationships and he adapts the unique characteristics and aesthetics of glass to this endeavor. He employs form, line and light as vehicles to create works that hold the viewer entranced with their ethereal shadow play and quiet sparkle creating naturalistic human bodies and parts and plays with curvilinear lines in his works. His rural childhood had a large impact on his artistic career as he had the chance to contemplate beautiful landscapes and explore different media abundant in his environment. After graduation, Waked worked as a designer at a flame work glass factory producing handmade glass vessels and sculptures, which made him proficient in sculpting, engraving and decorating glass. Waked shapes glass through hot processes such as blowing and casting, or work glass at room temperature via cold processes grinding, and bonding.
Waked graduated from the Faculty of Specific Education, Cairo University in 1998. He actively participated in the fine art arena in Egypt with his drawings, paintings and sculptures. His glass creations featured in many exhibitions since 2000 to the present, starting with a small artworks exhibition. He participated in several national and youth art events.
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