In consumer societies, where everything is disposable the minute it breaks down or a new model comes out, there is an art movement that finds beauty in objects that most people would consider useless. That movement is called ‘found art sculpture’ and last week a group of Omani artists were introduced to it at a workshop with Gwen Fryer, an artist who can visit a demolition site and find – or as she calls it, harvest – enough material to keep her happily at work forever.
Born in Paris, Gwen who is American spent several years of her youth in Tripoli, Libya, where her father then worked as a petroleum geophysicist. The influence this had in her work is evident. Besides the shapes and forms that the work takes, she also features Arabic script. “I have to confess that I cannot understand the language though I can read and write it,” said Gwen. From her Freedom series, Hearts and Bones features the line ‘All men are created free and equal’ in Arabic….to read the full article please click on the following link: http://www.theweek.co.om/disCon.aspx?Cval=5690