BURSTING AT THE SEAMS
The Pavilion Downtown is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by local artist Sara Al Haddad. Using thread and yarn as a preferred medium, this body of work revolves around the process and the (sometimes) futile attempts of tackling and releasing our inner negative or unresolved thoughts and feelings. Phrases that reflect the artist’s wandering reflections are expressed through different stylistic stitches – with knots highlighting their complex nature. Yarn and thread as a material here symbolizes thoughts and feelings: delicate yet easily tangled.
The process of stitching those thoughts allows the artist time for their contemplation, which leads to their eventual acceptance and understanding. This series is a continuous work in progress reflecting on the obsessive, repetitive and continuous in everyday existence, while at the same time, the flexibility, movement and versatility of the yarn fibers allows for different emotions to be conveyed. Moreover, the repetitive motion involved in stitching provides a pace for serenity, a self-therapeutic approach to meditation and regulating the artist’s overflowing surge of emotions and thoughts that are literally bursting at the seams.
Besides the text based works, and the large stitched wall installation presented in gallery one, Sara will also be producing works as an intervention with The Pavilion space whereby knitted and crocheted fabric will be placed in strategic locations for The Pavilion visitors to find, ponder and interact with.