As a tribute to Huguette Caland’s oeuvre, Nada Zeineh follows Caland’s profoundly arresting compositions to craft her series of boxes and jewels. Zeineh retraces the artist’s works with sensuous outlines and glistening reliefs of bronze and silver, often enameled with opulent whites, emerald greens, and lazuli blues. Floral shapes, lush parts, and dreamy compositions play with Caland’s carnal, visceral, and feminine scenes. From the artist’s delicate lines and faint gradations to her blustering colors, we are invited to zoom in her canvases. Melding the ethereal with the earthly, dreamy garnet stones, tourmaline, and peridot, meet the enthusiasm of waving hands and flirty ceramic busts.
As an architect by training, Nada Zeineh signs several projects in Lebanon, including the Soap Museum in Saida and the Museum of the American University of Beirut.
Zeineh takes the abstract geometries of middle eastern culture and architecture as inspiration for her work. The Greco-roman or the Islamic civilizations, as well as the fauna, the flora, or the ethnic jewelry of the region, are the different elements of this memory that she reinterprets to create simple, light, playful, and timeless pieces.