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October 17 2021 5:36 AM ˚

Local artist explores emotions, memories through sculpture

Oh Deer – 2018 (Photo: Handout from Leen Jamil)
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AMMAN — Visual artist Leen Jamil sculpts to express her feelings and ideas. When she is overtaken by emotion, she starts producing pieces, each one bearing traces of her thoughts.اضافة اعلان

She likes to depict memories in her art and the small details in life that often go unnoticed.

“My art expresses emotions and feelings I couldn’t express before. It is also a great way to keep my memories alive,” Jamil said in an interview with Jordan News.

To her, using various forms, colors, shapes, and lines in sculpture is what makes artistic expression beautiful.

A Feeling –  2021 (Photo: Handout from Leen Jamil)

She added that clay, wax, stone, metal, fabric, glass, wood, plaster, rubber, and other ephemera are only some of the mediums that can be used to produce art. Others include carved, sculpted, molded, cast, wrought, welded, sewed, and assembled materials.

And while sculptors are typically drawn to working with marble or glass, Jamil likes to experiment with new materials like fabric.

Abstract pieces from her Little Julia collection were made from fiberglass and yarn.

“My little niece was sitting and when I saw her, I got inspired,” she said. “Few artists work with yarn, and I use it to create sculptural models. Yarn now is my signature.”

The 24-year-old artist opened her studio when she was a university student. Today, she is a full-time artist.

“I work (full-time) to produce and showcase my pieces,” Jamil said.

Jamil also dabbles in printmaking, which is the method of creating artwork by printing on paper or other surfaces.

Another Perspective – 2019 (Photo: Handout from Leen Jamil)

“Since I first stepped into the art world, I've been working with printmaking, and again my works represent a certain idea, a specific moment, and a specific emotion,” she said.

The artist discussed that she loves to use bold colors to express herself. She added that each color expresses a memory or a feeling, and combining colors represents mixed emotions.

Jamil has worked as a set designer on a variety of local and regional art projects and local plays, performing jobs ranging from producing designs to building and presenting plays. Some of the projects she partook in include, "The Windmill," the Ministry of Culture's Ammon Youth Theater Festival, Gharboon, and the British International Academy.

The artist participated in The Adam Henein Award for the Exhibition of Sculpture in 2019 in Egypt, as well the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Art Exhibitions and Collections Department that hosted a group exhibition of Adam Henein Award nominees.

Artist Leen Jamil besides her artwork Treat?! – 2021 (Photo: Handout from Leen Jamil)

In 2021, Jamil participated in The Recycle Art Festival, Dar Art Fair, and The Opening of K by Klaudia.

“I am looking forward to changing the culture of sculpture in Jordan and to raise awareness and knowledge among people about sculptures, and that art is not limited to drawing and painting,” she said.

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