Tenth Anniversary

Best of 2006: Diana Al-Hadid

Happy holidays! This year we’re doing something different with our annual “Best Of” series—to celebrate our tenth anniversary, we’re looking back across a decade of art writing. Our first selection comes from our founder Seth Curcio, who writes, “While going back through the very early days of Daily Serving, I stumbled across a post featuring Diana Al-Hadid. I’ve always been captivated by the artist’s sculptures. From this article in 2006, she went on to be featured on DS three other times. I love that DS has become an archive that allows an artist’s progression to be viewed over the years.” This article was originally published on December 18, 2006.

Diana Al-Hadid. Spun Of The Limits Of My Lonely Waltz, 2006; wood, polystyrene, plaster, fiberglass, pigment; 72 x 64 x 64 in.

Diana Al-Hadid. Spun of the Limits of My Lonely Waltz, 2006; wood, polystyrene, plaster, fiberglass, pigment; 72 x 64 x 64 in.

The sculptures and installations of artist Diana Al-Hadid are “propositions for an imaginary world,” ambiguous works that often reference themes of self, place, and history. Recently the artist has drawn upon imagery from her birth city of Syria by recreating the Aleppo citadel, a 10th century fortress and eventual Muslim holy site. Her new sculptures combine fiberglass and polystyrene to create ambitious structures that seem to be unearthed from afar. The artist was awarded a Sculpture Department Graduate Fellowship to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, where she received her MFA in sculpture. This month she is exhibiting with Priska Juschka Gallery in Williamsburg, NY; in spring of this year the artist participated in the Bronx Museum‘s Aim 26 (Artist in the Marketplace) program and exhibition, which was noted in an article in the Art in Review section of the New York Times (April 9, 2006).