After restraining from the free artistic expression for far too long, the soulful architect was pushed into the state of perpetual creation by a grievous event.
Never having worked with clay before, he embarked on a vestal sculpting journey using cloth, cement, wood, plaster, air hardening terracotta and white clay. The shapes were starting to emerge from the experiment, showing first signs of the still-forming visual language. Rugged, coarse chunks of clay are juxtaposed in an abstract, but coherent manner, composed of protruding formations, or slumped, stiffened drapes. The texture of the sculptures is rich, either natural to the material or deliberately stamped onto the surface, evoking the Arabian desert rock formations or traditional Islamic ornamentation. There is something profoundly ancestral within these modernistic reflections, something not yet shown, giving us a glimpse of the old world, a vision of a distant, romantic life of a nomad the artist perhaps elicits.
Hadi approaches sculpture instinctively, while his work is now entirely process-based. His inspirations are rooted in stories of experiences, alluding to the long forgotten moments that appear as brief flashbacks in the artist’s memory. These instantaneous recollections prompt him to create, piece by piece, while his inventive drive lasts as long as the glance into a memory. The creative act of Hadi Baghlaf is at times energetic, at other times tame, at moments meticulous, but always ignited by strong emotions. In it, he uses a variety of tools, from his fingers to domestic objects, wire, anything that might appear logical and produce the desired effect. Once the feeling is spent, the making of a sculpture ceases, and waiting for another outburst begins. Entirely visceral and contemplative, the work of Hadi Baghlaf is still at its young stage, and it’s difficult to speak about a concrete thematic series yet.
Approaching sculpture with a heart of a practicing poet, Hadi Baghlaf creates his works in one breath. Presently, we stand witnesses to a majestic outburst of suppressed artistry, while Hadi Baghlaf continues to develop his art with zeal and dedication. In time, we will also learn more about his thoughts, whereas now we can revere his talent and the strength of his enduring imaginative spirit.
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