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Syrian-born and Brooklyn-based artist Diana Al-Hadid (b.1981) is renowned for her lofty sculptures, wall pieces and surreal bronzes that appear to be in a state of ruin, a place between creation and destruction. Her practice spans media and scale and examines the historical frameworks and perspectives that shape our material and cultural assumptions. Al-Hadid’s sculptures, panel works, and works on paper are built up with layers of material and history. Inspired by myriad sources including historical architecture, Hellenistic sculpture, progressing science, myths and works by the old masters, her pieces can look like renderings from a fantasy world. Her rich, formal allusions cross cultures
and disciplines, drawing inspiration, not only from the history of distance civilizations but also from histories of the materials themselves. Al-Hadid’s work is intricate studies of space and structure in which the viewer is continually reengaging the work through its constant shift and flow of perspectives.