About the artist
2016 - 2018 MFA Fine Art Painting – Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. London 2014 - 2016 BA Fine Art – Kingston University. London
2013 - 2014 BA Architecture: Spaces and Objects – Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
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Born in 1995, Nada Elkalaawy is a British/Egyptian visual artist based in London. She recently graduated with an MFA in Fine Art Painting from the Slade school of Fine Art and she received her BA in Fine Art from Kingston University. Primarily working in painting, drawing, animation and recently tapestry, her work is based on nostalgic imagery, loss and traces of memories. Home and domesticity are recurring themes and the mechanical process of weaving in her work describes the present moment. It becomes through its own manufacture, an embodiment of time itself, whether the accelerated speed of industrial production or the deliberate pace of the handmade. Her practice is autobiographical as it exposes her history, genealogy and intimacy to her nationality. The notion of layering in her work whether by painting on different surfaces or making animations, enables her to portray the many layers of the past, passage of time and the process of forgetting and remembering. Her mark making seems to belong to a collection of images, somewhere between the drawn, the painted, the photographic and the printed. Her work has been exhibited in the UK, Greece, Italy, Ecuador and Egypt.
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