"The shovel represents a tool in the modernisation process. It is the act of change. It is displaying the present disturbance of authenticity in the Kingdom. Al-Kreik can act as a double edged sword – one side is to build, the other is to cover, hide or bury."

Born in Al-Khobar and lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Effat Abdullah Fadag spent her childhood in Dhahran. Due to her father’s work in the naval force she had the opportunity to interact with different societies and cultures, moving from Dhahran to the USA, Riyadh and Jeddah.

While completing her Bachelor's Degree, Dr. Effat was part of the first Saudi woman pioneer artists in Jeddah and after completing her studies became a member of the Islamic art department faculty, which gave her the opportunity to pursue her studies in the UK. In 2006, Dr. Effat returned to Jeddah and acquired her Master's and PhD, to become the first female Saudi artists with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Fine Art in the Kingdom.

Dr. Effat is an artist and academic working in the field of higher education, and is currently Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Jeddah. She has been appointed curator of the 6th edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts

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