Exhibition of metal wire artworks opens

Artist Mira Mortada with guests at opening of exhibition at Rove Healthcare City.-supplied picture
By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

An exhibition of artworks made from metal wire portraits has opened in a local hotel in Dubai.
The series as Ashkal artwork is done by Mira Mortada who captured the features of 15 people, some real, others fictional in a series of quirky metal wire portraits.
Each portrait is created from a single piece of wire delicately twisted into a human face. The exhibition is titled Ashkal, the plural of the word Shakl which means shapes or forms in Arabic.
Mira Mortada is a Lebanese artist with a BFA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut. She started her career in Dubai working in advertising, publishing and branding. She was the Art Editor at Brownbook Magazine before starting Ashkal Artworks, a series of framed metal wire portraits. She is a mom of two and is currently working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.
While talking to The Gulf Today on the sidelines of her first solo exhibition of 15 artworks done by a single metal wire at the Rove Healthcare City, she narrated her journey: “In 2015 we, a group of friends, decided to start some creative sessions and one particular day I ended up with quite an interesting human face with a metal wire which encouraged me to try more and I did practise. The real motivation I got was when I made a birthday present for my husband,” she said.
She created 15 frames with different human faces, some she knew and others just imaginary.
“First I start drawing the face I want to make with metal wire and if it is simple it takes less than an hour, but if it has more details and complicated it consumes much more time,” she described the process and labour about her passion.
The 15-day exhibition, part of Dubai Art Week, is also encouraging visitors to admire her artwork which is also for sale in small frame for Dhs50 and the large ones with more details are for Dhs450.
-Published in The Gulf Today

~ by jamilkhan on March 15, 2017.

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