The small but powerful golden mane erupts from the middle of the wide black frame, just like a proud and free heart illuminates the darkness on the path. Despite its small size, it is the focal point and the center of gravity. The black surroundings only accentuate the beauty of its golden rays.
Inspired by Hathor, the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of Love, Music and Joy ; the headdress also draws inspiration from the goddess Anuket – patron deity of the Nile wearing a crown of reeds and ostrich feathers; and the claw-torso from the jewelry of Princess Khnumit (12th dynasty).
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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