Boxes for Discovery
Najeeb is trying to engage the natural world by framing it within a box. The boxes are man-made and set up a contrast with the environment. By making these geometric forms, he is able to add something to the landscape that the viewer can use for discovery. The installation compares and contrasts man’s order and nature’s chaos.
Question: How can a geometric form help you see the natural world?
Boxes for Discovery (2015)
Painted steel – variable sizes
Welat Najeeb works with a variety of materials including clay, wood, and metals. His early years were spent in the Kurdish region of Iraq, his home. He studied ceramics at the Institute of Fine art in Duhok, as well as at Salahaddin University where he started to explore abstraction. His Master’s studies brought him to San Francisco and Academy of Art University. There, he began reconstructing natural forms to show a contrast between the organic and geometric. His aim is to engage audiences using the sculpted object as a tool for triggering the imagination. “I want to show the viewer how I see and to explore what happens as the viewer approaches the work. We are all a part of nature; I am interested in how we look at it differently and see different forms.”