Ghada Amer – Embroidery and Paint

9/5/18

"Not About Orange" 2007

Ghada Amer is a contemporary artist who emmigrated to the United States from France in 1995 at the age of 32. Her abstract portrayals convey a sense of subtle revolt that incite emotion. Amer was born in Cairo, Egypt and lived there until the age of 11 when her family moved to France. Amer's father was a diplomat who in her view knew everything and didn't like art. This became part of her artistic motivation. Amer studied painting in France, earning both her BA and MFA. Interestingly, at that time women were banned from taking painting classes. As a result Amer sought out alternative methods to express her creativity and break this gender barrier. Embroidery and sewing both traditionally female modes of expression were skills she learned from her mother and what she discovered as a vehicle to assert both her creative vision and femininity in to the art world.

"The Girl Who Failed to be Shahrazad" 2008

“I didn’t invent embroidery, but I wanted to paint with embroidery. I was speaking about women with a medium for women, and it made the speaking stronger and more present." Amer's work investigates topics of sexuality, femininity and has covered Islamic terrorism. Under the sometimes vibrant and cheerful colors lies other stories. I think a lot of it does blatantly put in form a reality about women that needs to be exposed. Some of the imagery is provocative. I feel in some pieces that the embroidery almost acts like a veil to reality. I'm not sure that's her intent but part of what I take away.

"Rainbow Lulu" 2017

She is well known for her method of combining embroidery with painting. Although she also creates through sculpture, and printmaking. There are some amazing collaborative works with Reza Farkhondeh. This is an interesting post called "The Threads of Painting" that goes into more detail about the artist and her work. Click HERE

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