art by sandra fadayel
HERITAGE SERIES I: HOW A SNOWSTORM TURNED FOUND OBJECTS INTO ART
A few years back, I was stuck at home in the middle of a snowstorm in Amman.
Bored out of my mind, and past the point of hot chocolate and movies, I started sketching some of the things on my dressing table – random bits and pieces from everyday life, and things that came from the past.
Earlier that year, my parents had relocated our home. My mum, in her packing diligence, had kept everything from me and my sisters’ childhoods. In contrast, I prefer a clutter-free environment and frequently do ‘spring cleaning’ sessions to de-clutter my life.
So, here I was faced with a dilemma of what to do with all this stuff. I’d normally have thrown it out, but it had a strange pull on me. It carried a value beyond a material one.
A few weeks later, I started to develop my snowstorm sketches. First, into drawings, and then, into quirky art panels using those discarded objects from my childhood – bright-coloured earrings from the 80s, swatch-watch cases from the 90s, and old sandal buckles from 2000s.
I layered torn newspaper, a ripped up pair of my favourite jeans, and olive soap wrappers underneath more recent found objects, such as dried persimmon fruit seeds, broken jewellery pieces, and perfume samples.
I carefully finish the edges of each and every canvas I work on, and the pieces in this collection were no exception – wrapping a sandal buckle around edges, or sometimes, leaving an edge unfinished to complete the rawness of a torn piece of fabric. Since these artworks are very textured and have a 3d effect, they’re only available as one-of-a-kind pieces and not prints.
Featured Piece: Evil Eye
This is one of the pieces that were featured at an international art show I took part in last month, in Lake Como, Italy.
It features found objects such as clothing labels, chocolate wrappers, dried fruit seeds, and discarded leather samples, that have all been integrated into a textured composition.