SALT - A ceramic installation by Nathalie Khayat
February 14-17, 2023
Private Viewing in Los Angeles
Los Angeles - House of Today, a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Cherine Magrabi Tayeb, committed to fostering Lebanon’s sustainable design culture on a global scale, will unveil the inspiring creations of Lebanese ceramicist Nathalie Khayat under the title ‘Salt’, fused with the gastronomic works of art by Sandita’s, by chef Sandy Ho.
Guests will gather for an evening of multisensory exploration at Cherine Magrabi Tayeb’s private home in Santa Monica during Frieze LA, in February, 2023. Layered dialogues involving craft, art and food, are expected to emerge, around the ceramic pieces by Nathalie, drawing inspiration from life under the sea.
‘Salt’ will present the latest works by Nathalie, based on a creative process that involved exploring sculptural dimensions of functional objects, be it bowls, vases or candelabras. Nathalie was keen to trust the flow in the crafting of each piece, to explore all the sculptural possibilities. The collection appears to emerge from the depths of the sea and the natural world. The creation of each unique piece, with no two alike, involved peeling back and molding layers of clay, and fusing two seemingly contrasting elements, speaking volumes based on the setting they are in.
“The ‘Salt’ collection allows for ample room for viewers to interpret and explore the creative process and what was born of it,” shares Nathalie. “I found that nature was speaking through me, which was expressed in both the creative process and the unique items that emerged,” she shares, adding that she “embraced the idea of not setting clear intentions and abandoning norms, to birth a non-evident coherence between objects… where one calls on the other.”
At the showcase, the culinary creations of Sandita’s will further accentuate the notion of exploration, with each item to be used differently. The intention of House of Today with these exhibits, is for guests to gain a more intimate connection to the work the organization does, and to present new ways of supporting Lebanese ceramists.
House of Today invites the viewer to discover the underlying messages behind every collection, with the LA art scene being open to novelty. With ‘Salt’, the works resemble fairy tale bodies, presenting an enchanted story of functional pieces, where guests are a part of the storytelling process.
Nathalie shares: “I aspire for each viewer to creatively approach the item before them, to play an active role in deciding on how it will take life in a space or setting, or how it will be used. There is an element of discovery and surprise with ‘Salt’ that I believe others will enjoy.”
The conversations and interpretations will travel beyond the pieces that offer meticulous detail, coupled with robust shapes, glazed with hues of beiges, deep greens and hints of red, with Chef Sandy’s culinary
creations, at the intersection of food and art. Her creations are forever inspired by natural forms and colors, Vietnamese nostalgia, and her experience traveling the world.
Lebanese designers making an international debut
“In recent years, there has been a growing interest for galleries to establish a footprint on the West Coast and there is no reason for Lebanese designers not to be there too. This showcase is one step into the West Coast’s thriving art scene,” comments Cherine Magrabi Tayeb.
Nathalie Khayat’s works have been presented globally, thanks to solid international collaborations and with two works part of the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Support the aspiring Lebanese design scene
Now in its 10th year, House of Today Scholarship program” with the purpose of raising funds/donations from potential visitors at the LA showcase.
Conceptualized for Lebanese nationals who showcase exceptional talent, the Scholarship Program aims to nurture and support them, to pursue their graduate and postgraduate studies in Product Design.
The Scholarship Program is an integral pillar of House of Today, a nonprofit organization, committed to establishing Lebanon as the regional reference in design. House of Today believes that financial constraints should not hinder talents to grow and thrive. Accordingly, the Scholarship Program aims to assist the most promising students to overcome these constraints and provide them with a platform to realize their full potential.
To support aspiring Lebanese designers pursuing their higher education in design, head to the House of Today website.
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