Using everyday materials, such as plaster, plywood, and cardboard, Diana Al-Hadid creates monochromatic, room-sized structures that seem to rise, fall, and ooze all at once. Simultaneously suggesting a sci-fi future and recalling a mythical past, the pieces combine architectural references like church spires, columns, and broken plinths with simulated fabric drapery and melting wax. Enigmatic narratives are embedded, including references to Pieter Bruegel and stories about the mythical Ariadne and the 13th-century Muslim inventor Al-Jazari, who is said to have influenced Leonardo Da Vinci.
Diana Al-Hadid was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1981. She studied art in the U.S., earning her BA in art history and BFA from Kent State University and MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.