Shereen Audi, Syrian-Jordanian artist

Born in Amman, Jordan in 1970
Lives and work in Montreal, Canada

Shereen Audi is a Syrian-Jordanian artist born in Amman, Jordan in 1970. She graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Amman in 1992. Since then she has completed several art and print making courses at Darat al Funun summer academy and the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. Besides that, various workshops and courses under famous established artists such as Jordanian Painter Khaled Khries, Iraqi artists Nedim Kufi and Mahmoud Obaidi, as well as Professor Lynne Allen, Director of Boston University, the School of Visual Arts.

Shereen Audi’s work is highly personal depicting her ‘inner self’, yet eschews profound reflections on the Middle East for something more callous; a critique of twenty first century reality, an enthusiastic negation of all that we are and all that we feel, and a retreat into the chains of a soothing forgetful escapism. Shereen’s art reveals as well a range of universal emotions and concerns that are inherent to the female identity, her presence and her voice that should be heard.

Fairy wings and cell bars, women blind folded, beheaded and tied down, represent materialism and consumerism, at the same time make an emotional plea to be free. At other times her work celebrates happiness in times of hardship, and child-like simplicity over sophistication. Her exploration of new medias including video art and photography in 2014 received a lot of praise and appreciation from art viewers, and her “Soul’s Flight” short video was presented in Europe at different events.

The artist lives and works in Montreal, Canada. Her art is housed in many private collections as well as in public collections including Jordan National Gallery of Fine arts. She has held many solo exhibitions and has participated in a number of group shows in the Middle East, Europe and Asia including Germany, Japan, Romania, Finland, Bahrain, Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt and Jordan.

Artist’s Statement  

Art is my lifetime passion, the way I express myself, a world I have created for my mind and my soul. Through art I express my inner self that is affected by external daily life events.

My art is highly personal but reveals a range of universal emotions and concerns that are inherent to the female identity, her presence and her voice that should be heard. My art is my relief, my runaway from reality to a world of fantasy. My art is my strength, my satisfaction and my self confidence. My art is the stemming beauty coming out from my inner self expressions, and of which I present to the whole world.

I made my latest collages to celebrate confidant capable strong women. In my opinion women are capable, strong and can face any kind of difficulties or hardships they face in their lives. I believe in women in general.  In these works I want to give women good energy, good vibes and a push as to encourage them to keep going and keep giving and keep believing in themselves and in what they can offer to themselves and to the world.

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