Framing not included
- Etching (Portfolio of 4)
- Edition Size:
- 62.0 x 81.0 cm (24.4 x 31.8 in) each
- Signed and numbered
About the Artwork
The idea is simple and, like its central element, forcefully attractive. Ahmed Mater gives a twist to a magnet and sets in motion tens of thousands of particles of iron, a multitude of tiny satellites that forms a single swirling nimbus.
"Powerful and evocative, his magnets and that larger lodestone of pilgrimage can also draw us to things beyond the scale of human existence."
Even if we have not taken part in it, we have all seen images of the Hajj, the great annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca. Ahmed's black cuboid magnet is a small simulacrum of the black-draped Ka'bah, the 'Cube', that central element of the Meccan rites. His circumambulating whirl of metallic filings mirrors in miniature the concentric tawaf of the pilgrims, their sevenfold circling of the Ka'bah.
About the Artist
Ahmed Mater was born in 1979 in a rural part of Southern Saudi Arabia. He is recognized as one of the most influential of Saudi Arabian artists today. By combining art, science and the concept of identity, his work marks a revival of contemporary art in Saudi Arabia with the emergence of an artistic scene.