Monday, July 26, 2010

From Worry Beads to Prayer Mat

Worry Beads, 2009

Mona Hatoum
On my recent Chelsea Gallery trip last Friday, I came upon this cannonball size bronze prayer beads at the Alexander and Bonin Gallery. I had heard of Mona Hatoum before, but I am surprised at actually never having seen any of her work in person. Especially when I notice the intense amount of incredible work that she has presented so far.
Measures of Entanglement/Undercurrent (red) 2008-
Ph. Oak Taylor Smith_UCCA

Mona Hatoum was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1952 but ended up staying in London after Civil War broke out in 1975. She began as a performance artist but gradually moved through fields of installations, video and sculptures.
Mona Hatoum / - zoom out
Homebound, (installation) 2002

"Your first experience of a work of art is physical," says Hatoum. "I like the work to operate on both the sensual and intellectual levels. Meanings, connotations and associations come after the initial physical experience as your imagination and intellect are fired by what you have seen."  - From

Traffic 2002

When you look at Hatoum´s work you gradually will notice what she is most known for. She brings otherwise normal objects out to the public and then overexposes it to make them almost unfamiliar and at times frightening. She demands the viewer to rethink the "normal".

Hot Spot III, 2009
Interior Landscapes, Pallazo Querini Stampalia
Stainless steel and neon tube

I began with the worry beads and will end with the Prayer Mat, I guess "praying" for more. I definitely have "blood on my teeth" the more I see and read about Mona Hatoum the more I want. 
When will she have a Solo Show in New York that I can attend, I wonder?

Prayer Mat, 1995
British Council, London

With Love


  1. I can't stop staring at that "globe!"

  2. I am like Kristin...I love love love the globe and the beads...Kisses,sweetie and I hope you are having a wonderful Monday:)


  3. Wow! What incredible work. I always marvel at artists who think this way. Wonderful stuff Kristin! Thank you for sharing Mona Hatoum's work.

  4. Really awesome work!
    Especially loving the beads... reminds me a tiny bit of Claes Oldenberg!


  5. I agree Carrie, Claes Oldenburg is a sort of lighter(?) version, with up-side down ice creams and cherries on a spoon:)

  6. going to one of her shows would be seriously cool

  7. Per Inge OestmoenJuly 27, 2010 at 5:06 AM

    Yes, this is really conspicuous - and in a positive sense.

  8. I love your blog. I feel like I get to roam the museums and galleries of NY from Chicago!

  9. Very cool- I like the worry beads and red lights.

  10. Love this, very thought-provoking! Love the prayer beads and "Homebound" the most!