Cultural identity is an inspiration for sculpture and additional international and American works

RICHMOND, VA.- A single large sculpture by Diana Al-Hadid that interweaves landscape, architecture, and the human figure occupies a room in the 21st Century gallery until September 2. The sculpture is accompanied by new, heavily worked graphite drawings that add another dimension to Al-Hadid’s creative process. Al-Hadid makes complex works that seem in a state of flux, suggesting both incompletion and decay. The wide array of sources that underlie her large-scale forms include Biblical and mythological narratives, Arab oral traditions, Gothic architecture, Western painting, Islamic ornamentation, and scientific advances in physics and astronomy. Born in Syria and raised in the United States, Al-Hadid received her MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She currently lives and works in New York. Complementing the exhibition