Faig Ahmed’s Melting Rugs

The work of Faig Ahmed reminds me of my brain: gooey and pooling onto the floor while remaining solid.

The Azerbaijani artist creates work that is a folding of different cultures manifested in askew explorations of traditional decorative crafts. The best example of this is his rugs, a collection of items from his Liquid Series that take traditional, ancient carpet weaving practices and lets them pool into a puddle of cultural waste, expanding and breaking in a liquid solid. They’re absolutely remarkable, striking works that grab attention by seeming so “normal” but are very clearly normalcy set askew.

I first encountered Ahmed’s work at the Palm Springs Museum Of Art and was easily captivated as it seems to reflect the mind caught between multiple identities and distractions. It was nice to see myself, in a way, translated into a post-modern tapestry. (And, naturally, Ahmed’s experiences, life, etc. and mine are quite different but the playful confusion his work resonates is somewhat universal.)

“I consider them words and phrases that can be read and translated to a language we understand,” Ahmed explains of his work. “My art is an experiment. I want to examine the subject matter to see how deep can we go inside something accomplished and holistic and to observe the influence this kind of a change can have on people.”

It’s truly great stuff that seems perfectly suited for these increasingly strange, confusing times. They certainly resonate with me.

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