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Traditional and Contemporary Aesthetics: Faig Ahmed

A handmade wool carpet that seems to blur and become abstractOiling, handmade woolen rug

Faig Ahmed is a sculptor and installation artist from Baku, Azerbaijan.  In his current practice, Ahmed uses fragments and patterns from traditional Azerbaijani rugs to create sculptures and installations that combine traditional and contemporary aesthetics.


In his carpet works, Ahmed keeps part of the original pattern and then weaves the remainder of the carpet into a different, often bizarre or surreal pattern. He sometimes cuts out pieces of carpets and rearranges them, or combines them with sculptural elements. I really enjoy the works where the carpet appears to be melting, or dissolving into glitches on a computer screen.


A steel sculpture that looks like a traditional carpet with spikes pointing out of itShift, Azerbaijani embroidery and stainless steel

Ahmed’s sculptures are large, minimalist abstractions that also incorporate elements of the woven carpets and textiles. His installation works take the deconstruction even further – not all of these works use the textiles, but the ones that do reduce the weaving process to its barest components, allowing the viewer a deconstructed look inside. 


A mixed media wall installation with sheep's wood and carpetPain, mixed media

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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