Bronze sculpture, 'Elongation II'
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"The sense of movement which most greatly impacts my pieces comes from ballet, which I practiced for many years."
"I was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1956. Throughout my life I've had an intense relationship with art, so much so that I studied architecture. I worked in that field for ten years, after which I decided to live exclusively from my artistic work.
"In 1992, a friend brought me to an artist's studio. She took me there so that I'd appreciate the artist's work, however the professor at the gallery insisted that I give it a try myself. I agreed to and I felt comfortable. I didn't believe then that I had found my path.
"However, I never gave up on architecture. My first works were completely inspired by its influence. I created many picture frames, lamps, ashtrays, household items, and others which reflect my aesthetic values, until I eventually reached sculpture which is something purely for decoration.
"In my sculptures, I recognize the aesthetic influence that comes from architecture, in its concern with form and trying to simplify, and trying to approximate the line. The sense of movement which most greatly impacts my pieces comes from ballet, which I practiced for many years. In my first phase, I worked with bronze and adopted a figurative style.
"In 1998, I cut back on my work in order to commit myself to the study of a new language, which resulted in my decision to work with iron and create more abstract works, in which the line no longer served as the structural form, as in my bronze pieces, so that the line itself became the focus of my work.
"I believe that in life, as in art, we must always strive for change, but a positive experience should not be ignored. As such, I don't consider bronze an outdated stage. I have the freedom to return to using this material whenever I feel like it. Nor have I abandoned my design work and so I continue to create practical pieces with strong aesthetic value.
"I am hopeful that with Novica I will be able to break the barrier to our domestic market. Furthermore, I hope that this permanent exhibition site will provide an opening for new contacts with gallery owners, architects, interior designers, as well as international painters."
Emne, I have just received my 7th Emne Al-Haje sculpture. They are all absolutely gorgeous. I check the web site each day to see if you have added any new pieces because they are all truly wonderful. They always arrive well packaged and very quickly. I am so pleased with the products and the excellent service. Thank you.
I bought the second sculpture for(Emne)is he very wonderful and an excellent work of art And her sculptures are beautiful and graceful The packing and the wrapping is an excellent and arrives a quickly I am pleased with the products and the excellent service for NOVICA. Thank you
I received the sculpture from Emme in a remarkable amount of time, I was very impressed with the delivery. The sculpture itself is beautiful, the craftsmanship is wonderful. I will definitely keep an eye on pieces that Emne creates. Thank you for the excellent service and beautiful artwork!
Emne, I just recieved the sculpture today - it is even more stunning than I expected! It came perfectly wrapped and very quickly. I bought it as a gift for someone but I may just keep it for myself. Have you ever considered doing a scuplture with two figures - a man and a woman? I look forward to your future works, Roopi
My husband and I love Emne's sculpture and have gone ahead and ordered another one. I especially relate to her work having been a ballet dancer myself. She captures the grace and movement so magnificently!
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Dear Emne Al-Haje, My exquiste ""Dance Stretch"" arrived today. You and she have been on my wishlist for six months. I knew that I had to have her when I'd visited her for what seemed like the thousandth time. Thank you for your artisry and for sharing your gifts with the world. Cristine
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