Artwork Statement: The yellow tulip, symbol of happiness, was my main inspiration for this project. I used the techniques of sinking to create the 4 half-bowls and etching to recreate a pattern of my own inside one of the bowls. I wanted to talk about the hard work that it takes to reach happiness. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, my therapist said something that struck me. She said that upon hearing the news, I did not break down but that instead I broke open, like a flower. This statement has become a focus in my work, utilizing the imagery of an abstracted flower to represent myself and my story My own pattern is being used through the technique of etching to represent the illness slowly taking more space in my life, but that also inevitably pushed me to work on myself to be happy.
Artist Bio:Noore Saleh (They/them), an Egyptian-Canadian artist, who graduated with honors from the École de Joaillerie de Montréal in 2019 in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing. After serving as a teaching assistant in extended studies classes at the jewellery school while working on independent jewellery in their free hours, Noorehas since enrolled at NSCAD University to major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing to further their studies. They exhibited in galleries in Quebec with consistent themes revolving around fragility of mental and physical health with a focus on resilience facing those challenges.