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Classical, playful sculpture meet at Dar Al-Anda exhibition

Turtles from a project by Lamia Fakhoury and Reem Mouasher. (Photo: Huda Dabeet/Jordan News)
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AMMAN — Two Jordanian sculptors are currently showing their work at an exhibition called, “Capturing Moments,” being held at the Dar Al-Anda Art Gallery in Jabal Luweibdeh, Amman until December 5. اضافة اعلان

The artists, Lamia Fakhoury and Alia Talhouni, used concrete and bronze to create their work, which the audience immediately encounters upon walking into Dar Al-Anda’s first room, where Talhouni’s pieces sit.

A scene from the “Capturing Moments” sculpture exhibition at the Dar Al-Anda Art Gallery (Photo: Huda Dabeet/Jordan News)

The artist said that her work focuses on depicting the human body as if it were real. Depictions of faces and bodies, as well as of animals, are included among Talhouni's work, which were created from imagination using mostly concrete.

“The main concept is involves capturing a scene in a specific moment,” Talhouni said, in an interview with Jordan News.

Talhouni has trained at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and she focuses on the abstract flow of shapes as embodied in the human figure, as well as the delicate shades of human emotion in order to add life to her work.

Pieces by sculptor Alia Talhouni. (Photo: Handouts from Alia Talhouni)

The Capturing Moments exhibition is Talhouni's first, and she described it as a wonderful experience, but also a little bit stressful.

Fakhoury’s pieces, found in the gallery’s second room and made from bronze, take a different approach sculpture. Her pieces are inspired by her personality and they reflect the artist’s playfulness and light-hearted manner. 

“I started making carvings as a hobby in 2005, but four years ago I became a full-time sculptor,” Fakhoury said, in an interview with Jordan News, adding that she studied sculpture in London. 

One of her collections tries to represent general moments in people’s lives, according to Fakhoury, while her Street Dancers collection imagines the possibility of living life as if no one is looking.

Pieces by sculptor Alia Talhouni. (Photo: Huda Dabeet/Jordan News)

“The whole idea of my work is that people (should) play with their lives and be happy, and I make sculptures that make me feel happy,” Fakhoury said. 

One of her pieces called, “CORAL,” is a bronze sculpture that was immersed in liquid copper sulfate, until copper corals began to grow, giving the piece a unique patina.
Additionally, Dar Al-Anda’s terrace and garden are playing host to a number of colorful turtles that are the result of collaboration between Fakhoury and Reem Mouasher. The project was created to encourage community interest and engagement with sculpture.
Mouasher told Jordan News that turtles will also be hidden in different places throughout Amman for those with a keen eye.

Pieces by sculptor Lamia Fakhoury. (Photo: Huda Dabeet/Jordan News)

Majdoline Al-Ghazawi Al-Ghoul, founder of Dar Al-Anda, told Jordan News that “both (artists’ works) are a joy to see — a classic spirit, and playful spirit.”

Pieces by sculptor Lamia Fakhoury. (Photos: Lamia Fakhoury’s /Instagram account)

She added that the exhibition has so far had a great atmosphere, with the picturesque view of Jabal Luweibdeh, and with the attendees committing to preventive measures such as wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

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