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Mona-Kenawy

Mona
Kenawy

Born in Egypt, 1969

Education:

BFA, Alexandria University, Egypt
MFA, Alexandria University, Egypt
Doctor of Fine Arts Alexandria University

Solo Exhibitions:

2010 – “NelSegno del Toro’, Casa Museo, Sant’Alberto, Ravenna , Italy
2009 – “Stone Language’, Mahmoud Said Museum, Alexandria, Egypt
2008 – “Light through Stone and Paper”, Mahmoud Said Museum, Alexandria, Egypt
2006 – “Mosaic and Collage Works”, Mahmoud Said Museum, Alexandria, Egypt

Group Exhibitions:

2010 – Mahmoud Mokhtar Museum, Cairo
2010 – Prince Taz Palace, Cairo
2010 – Creativity Centre, Alexandria, Egypt
2009 – Casa Museo, Sant’Alberto, Ravenna , Italy
2009 – Ahmed Shawky Museum, Cairo
2009 – Museum of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria, Egypt
2009 – Bibliotheca, Alexandria, Egypt
2008 – Anfushy Culture Centre, Alexandria, Egypt
2008 – Golden and Silver Brilliance, Alexandria, Egypt
2005 – International Art Competition, Ravenna, Italy
2000 – Mosaic Exhibition, Ravenna, Italy
1999 – “Stone Respiration”, Rome, Italy
1996 – Zeinab Khaton Gallery, Cairo
1996 – Women's Art, Hungary

Comments:

Since my study period at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Alexandria, I was interested to know in depth the nature of materials : its forms, textures, details and surface vibrations either in nature such as stones and marbles or the fabricated mediums, because I think that man's spirit in the primordial ages was the same as nature's spirit, for me there's no distinction between a child's cry and mountain rocks or between the glimmer of an eye and the dew's pearls ; and this was man's atmosphere in ancient times when there was no barriers between the human self and the cosmos. I've tried years ago to retain this silent and in the same time living spirit of the natural forms by treating the hard materials in mosaic works to express meaningful forms with a technique revealing the nature's spirit rather than the new forms of experience.
The plastic structure of this experience contains in many aspects an undefined dimension which seeks familiarity with the ancient characters with its pale colors, superimposed layers of different luminosity which conveys a very profound feeling of time and space. There is always – in this field- a relationship between the positive and the negative, surface vibrations were always an interfere dialectic relationship, space value equals the positive one and this style in rendering forms makes us very near to nature's logic which enclose many contrasts in the same time in which it expresses profound silence and eloquent simplicity. These works were executed in natural materials of marbles and natural stones also mother of pearl pieces and golden and silver smalti, glass residues and pebbles with the addition of color stains by means of smalti which is a fabricated vitreous tiles with brilliant colors not afforded in natural materials. As for the colored plaster it represents space with its profound meanings and silent whispers. The abstraction and simplification of forms and designs in my works are always a profound reflection of shapes, lines, textures and colors in nature.
From my point of view, I think that the art of Mosaic is related to a deep inner sense, so mosaic artist has to understand how to reach its unlimited capabilities. Going on building the surface and contemplating its aspects also on finding variation by experiment inside its world; mosaic artist understands both wisdom and unrevealed knowledge related to this technique. By the time and by gaining much more experience related to hard materials, he surpasses all the ordinate and usual.

For so, in my works of mosaic, the plastic structure of stones comes from an unusual meaning on combining opposites; by relating the big pieces to the small ones, the ordinary and the unordinary, the opaque and the shiny in order to surpass the use of the traditional shape of pieces "tessere" which ruled for several centuries on mosaic works.        

 

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