"If we didn't chop down trees, then we wouldn't need birdhouses."
"What would our future be like if we could replace gunpowder with aromatic incense? To spread peace and love amongst mankind instead of destruction."
Ibrahim Abumsmar was born in Saudi Arabia in 1976 and grew to become an accomplished athlete who participated in many local and regional swimming competitions, winning numerous medals and becoming an national swimming champion. He later pursued his interest in art and photography and undertook several courses in oil painting and portraiture, design, sculpture, photography, Arabic calligraphy as well as interior architecture at Beit Alt-Ghouri, and was a student of fine art at Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt.
Abumsmar recreates everyday objects as sculptures, with the intention of questioning the essence of their identity. Manufactured objects usually have a practical purpose and are created with the intention of making everyday life easier. Abumsmar’s sculptures challenge this perceived practicality and suggest that the objective of their creation is more symbolic than practical, and that they succeed in impacting our lives on a more subconscious emotional level.
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