If you’re in the mood for to see some solid drawing and a serious sense of what it feels and looks like to be an artist in angst, head over instantly to ArtTalks and check out Weaam El Masry’s latest exhibit “The Golden Fly”.
Weaam El Masry is an artist who’s work has been praised, analysed and discussed by many- the link here would lead you to a few of those. I won’t get into the symbolism of what the Golden Fly means or the fact that all the subject matter are women- that’s for you to figure out when you go see the work. I’d rather focus on what many artists, schools and curators nowadays fail to hold in high regard, and that is Weaam El Masry’s draughtsmanship.
As an artist, El Masry has exquisite control of line. Tangled yet moving, confused yet determined, angry but not dramatic- there’s so much pent up emotion in just her lines that her women appear as though they’re twisted and caught up in their own outlines. Her pieces are both strong but struggling; a juxtaposition that she has managed to strike at the exact perfect point of balance. Her lines are always rough and aggressive around the bodies, but instantly soften up when they curve to represent portraits of faces or hands. Her ability to draw both expressively as well as academically is excellent, and she swings between both paradigms with ease. Even her depiction of the fly is solid- an icky insect and mythological creature in one.
This is an excellent exhibition and great introduction to Weaam El Masry. Go get acquainted.