Amal Akhnoukh

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Amal Akhnoukh

Amal Akhnoukh

Ceramic, Paint, Installation

Egypt


Introduction

Statement

To many people today, mosaic art might sound so ancient and out of place amongst the fast pace of our daily life. However, it is specifically in this slow and time-consuming artisanal process that I find my passion and satisfy my deep desire to create.

During my earlier years of exploration, when I was learning mosaic art on my own, I used a lot of manufactured ceramic and glass tiles in my work. As I began refining my technical mosaic skills through professional workshops, I was introduced to the wide variety of Mexican smalti that slowly became the predominant material in my recent works of art.

Using the indirect method and no grouting at all, I recently embarked on a series of mosaic art pieces inspired by a love and nostalgia for my country of origin, Egypt. Using various motifs and themes from every era of the country’s rich history, the ancient Pharaonic, the Coptic, the Islamic and finally the contemporary eras, I manipulated the contrast of texture, colour and shine to create series of original works of art.

I aspire to dedicate more time to perfecting and refining my mosaic skills in a way that would help revive this rich and ancestral art filled with myths and symbols, and give it a place amongst the variety of contemporary art works of today.

Biography

Amal Akhnoukh is a mosaic artist of Egyptian origin. Growing up in an exotic, rich and colourful world surrounded by artisans of all kinds has helped shape her artistic language and influence her style of creation.

 

Shortly after a B.A. in Business Administration at the American University in Cairo, she began her career as a business woman, during which her creative spirit slowly drove her to explore the world of art. Beginning with pottery classes, followed by painting and drawing classes as well as interior design, she finally discovered the world of mosaics.

Upon her arrival to Montreal in 2010, she enrolled in professional mosaic workshops and courses to perfect her techniques and since then has worked as a full-time mosaic artist.

In May 2014, she launched her first solo exhibition at Gallery Espace in Montreal under the title: “Egypt: 3 Eras, One Identity”.

Back to Egypt, Amal began teaching mosaic art to adults through workshops at different venues in Cairo. With her artistic passion and entrepreneurship spirit, she launched her first exhibition in Cairo on the 19th and 20th of March, 2016 with the same concept. The exhibition not only highlighted Amal’s artwork, but it also promoted her upcoming workshops and community projects. Amal aspires to revive this rich and ancestral art through more exhibitions, workshops and symposiums in Egypt and abroad and give it a place amongst the variety of contemporary art works of today.