"I was recently reacquainted with Diana Al-Hadid’s work at a discussion held during Art Dubai. Dana Farouki, the collector/curator, invited Diana to speak with her at her beachside home and to present to the audience a “snapshot” of her practice. Diana’s work is architectural and intrinsically beautiful, with jagged edges, strange materials and an essence of the unknown defining it. The beach just outside provided the perfect juxtaposition: a dead landscape with skyscrapers looming in the distance. Diana’s work is haunting, comparisons often being made to Bruegel, but in my mind closer to Hieronymus Bosch as there is a quality of fright but also magic and mysticism to her sculptures. They also evoke an architectural practice, with perfect sides and edges and a sense of purpose to the lattices and levels. “Missed Mark” is somewhat different to the artist’s larger-scale sculptures in that it is more apparent to the viewer what it could be. However, it very much builds on Diana’s fantastical references to literature, mysticism and, dare one say, religion."
The 8: Alia Al-Senussi
What is your line of work?
You would describe my line of work as "patron".
If you were a work of art, which one would you be?
I would be Richard Long's handprint painting in Siwa, Egypt. His works track journeys and this one tracks my own: seeing Libya across the oasis of Siwa but not being able to enter.
What is your earliest memory of art?
My earliest memory of art is my mother's David Roberts lithographs which embodied our sentimental and somewhat nostalgic memories of Cairo...
Which museum/foundation would you like to be locked in one night?
I would be locked in Sir John Soane's Museum (London, UK) for a rather spooky night or the Museum of Islamic Art (Doha, Qatar) for a magical one!