Nour El Saleh is inspired by Lillian Craton’s book The Victorian Freak Show, which regards the weight that physical states have on perception, interest in physiognomy and its manipulation. She creates fantastic images based on her childhood and mostly cultural experiences. With each of her different paintings, El Saleh explores notions of place, memorial belongings and personal touches that you will be able to appreciate only if you go beyond the lines.
“The concept of embodiment has always been at the forefront of my mind when making. In my work I aim to personify notions of being within one's own mind through the creation of a world that merges fantasy with reality. There, vague yet omnipresent bodies seduce and trick one another. These bodies allow me to explore and question both internal and external ideologies by placing myself and the viewer in a wider context that oscillates between the physical realm and the fantastic." - Nour El Saleh 'A short statement about my work at the moment, in relation to the show 'Host''
Nour El Saleh was born in Beirut, Lebanon, grew up in the United Arab Emirates and currently resides in London, UK. El Saleh received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art in 2019, and had a solo exhibition in conjunction with her residency, at VO Curations, London that fall.
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