Alumna Diana Al-Hadid Exhibits at Madison Square Park | Kent State University

Alumna Diana Al-Hadid Exhibits at Madison Square Park

Diana Al-HadidDiana Al-Hadid (B.F.A. Sculpture, B.A. Art History ’03) has a new public art exhibition in Madison Square Park called “Delirious Matter.”  Six sculptures are on view through September 3, 2018 throughout Madison Square Park's central Oval Lawn, peripheral lawns, and northern reflecting pool.  This is Al-Hadid’s first public art project.  

Two wall works are combined with rows of hedges to form a room suggesting the elegiac beauty of deteriorating structures nestled into plant material. Three reclining female figures, titled “Synonym,” are displayed on the surrounding lawns. In the Park’s reflecting pool, the artist installed a sculptural bust of a female figure perched atop a fragmented mountain. Al-Hadid is best known for creating work using traditional and contemporary sculpture materials and processes in unfamiliar ways that pivot among architecture, figuration, and abstraction. Despite the eroded appearance, the process is additive. Al-Hadid devised a distinctive process that is, in her words, “a blend between fresco and tapestry.”

Diana Al-Hadid said: “I am thrilled to have my first large-scale public project on the lawns and in the reflecting pool of Madison Square Park. This is the first time my work will be made and seen at this scale. It’s my largest project by far and my largest audience. It’s a tremendous honor to be a part of the incredible history of art in the Park.”

Photo Credit: © Diana Al-Haldid. Photo: Rashmi Gill