Mona Marzouk’s interest in architectural histories is visible in many of her works – in painting, sculpture as well as site-specific murals and paintings. Blurring the boundary between past and present day, man-made and natural, biomorphic and geometrical, personal and political, beautiful and ugly, and masculine and feminine, Marzouk redefines how we see the world.
Her early paintings and sculptures reassemble disparate architectural elements from history as well as animal and body parts to construct unified compositions. Her later works take on a more menacing and aggressive quality. Strong saturated colors and the introduction of black replace a pale bi-chromatic palette. Through imaginative studies of objects such as flags and helmets, Marzouk tackles politically loaded themes such as war, sports, nationhood, space technology and oil industry and how they habitually manifest themselves in our daily life.
Mona Marzouk was born in 1968 and lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt. After finishing her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 1996, Marzouk returned to her hometown of Alexandria, Egypt, to launch her professional career in painting and sculpture.