Nut’s story and depiction are the epitome of gentleness and poeticism in Ancient Egypt art. She is one of the most ancient deities, depicted as the loving wife leaning over her husband and brother Geb (the earth). According to ancient Egyptian mythology, Nut and Geb were totally inseparable leaving no space between the sky and the earth for their father Atum Ra to continue creating. Frustrated, Atum Ra orders Shu (god of dry air) to separate them from their tight eternal embrace. If Shu relents on his job, the eternal order would be disrupted causing unbelievable chaos. However, at night, Nut and Geb still meet as the goddess comes down from the sky, causing darkness. Nut is also the protective mother. After her son Osiris is killed and dismembered by his brother Set, then put back together by his wife and sister Isis, he climbs a ladder into his mother Nut for safety and eventually becomes king of the dead.
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Dina Shalaby is a Russian-Egyptian visual artist focusing on modern art inspired by Ancient Egypt.
Having always been at the intersection of two opposite worlds, be it cultures, creeds, values, or expressions – harmonizing differences has become a way of life. Regardless of the what and where, she always perceived herself as a bridge and an interpreter.
After a long journey of trying to find acceptance for contradictions within oneself and others, she finally stumbled upon that Holy Grail, and it turned to be right here, home, only a few millennia back.
To this day, Ancient Egypt remains a mighty master in the realm of tolerance, harmony and acceptance where duality is not only tolerated but glorified as the motor of Life. This was the door through which Dina embarked on her art journey a few years ago.
Dina has an infatuation with materials that were extensively used by Ancient Egyptians, especially cartonnage / papier mâché, gold leaf and papyrus. She also loves creating digitally enhanced replicas of her handmade work.
Dina held two solo exhibitions in Cairo at Fabrika Media & Arts Center in March 2019 and Nout Art Gallery in October 2020. She took part in five group exhibitions including in Nut Art Gallery, Luxor Art gallery (Daughters of The Nile, Nov2019) and Nun art Gallery (Jan 2022, Feb 2020). She also shares her art through her online platform www.malakoot.art