Azza El Siddique

Azza El Siddique works in sculpture and installation. Her multi-faceted installations composed of architectural structures and materials use a catch-and-release system to address the manifestation of mortality, science, mythology, and spirituality in systems of power. Scent, smoke, vapor, and water are set up in environments that begin to shift, warp, deteriorate, rehydrate, infuse, and extract. Materials and structures are stripped down to their essential forms to instigate collapses, spills, and releases. Her work sets up a parameter of questions to explore what permeates death and what can be revived through it.

During her time at Amant, El Siddique will consult local archives and resources to facilitate her research on ancient Nubian and Egyptian perfumery and their relationship to scent as ritual, religion, science, and commerce.

El Siddique, born in Khartoum, Sudan, currently lives and works in New Haven, CT. She received an MFA from Yale University School of Art (2019) and a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design University (2014). In 2019, she was a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, CanadianArt, and Border Crossings. She has shown her work at Helena Anrather, New York; Cooper Cole, Toronto; Oakville Galleries, Ontario; and the Gardiner Museum, Toronto.

Photo: Merik Goma