Inner Concerto

Museum Pick: March 9 - 23, 2009

Wood has the capacity to breathe life into a sculpture and capture the essence of its form. Humaira Abid utilizes the organic properties of this material to give her art a rich delicacy that juxtaposes the material's inherent hardness. In Perfect Figure, for example, the rigid outline she carved to represent a corset nevertheless evokes the soft quality of a woman's figure. In Clew in Wood, Abid has intricately carved a depth that is reminiscent not only of a ball of ribbon but the layers of skin and the complexity of a woman's body and soul.

wood carving of a womans corset
Perfect Figure, 2006 | Carved mahogany and copper | 24” x 16” x 8”

Everybody wants a perfect figure these days. Corset, a garment worn to mold and shape the torso into a desired form, inspired Perfect Figure.


The Journey, 2006 | Carved mahogany | 60” x 48” x 48”

These two sculptures are bundles, usually used when moving. They are symbols of the journey women take through life.

wood carving of bundles representing a womens journey in life
And the rest is NOT silence
, 2006 | Carved mahogany and bronze | 30” x 12” x 12”

Inspiration for this work came from the painting, Creation of Adam, by Michelangelo. In the painting, God’s masculine hand reaches to touch Adam’s. However, I changed one hand into a female’s hand.

My Secret World, 2006 | Carved mahogany | 21” x 13” x 10”

My handbag is a very important and dear garment. For women it holds many secret things which we want to keep private. It represents a secret world that we carry with us everywhere.

wood carving of a women's purse
Clew in Wood, 2006 | Carved mahogany | 15” x 12” x 12”

This work is inspired from a ball of thread or ribbon, which to me represents complexity. The egg form represents femininity. Combined, the metaphors symbolize either the complicated lives of women or the complicated women themselves.


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Virginia Cassetta
الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية

I was so moved by the form, the material, as well as the content. I became involved with each piece and experienced emotional and visual journeys. Wonderful work.
Ginny Cassetta
New York

Virginia Masson
الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية

Beautiful work!!
Thank you for sharing it with us.
PEACE by piece(s)

Aisha Ahmed Abubakar

Some of the carvings are simple yet thought inspiring. For example the handbag is a part of many of us but taking an more indepth look that it holds our little secrets then it becomes a mystery as to what may actually be in everyones bag!


Beautiful work. Material, work, detail, meaning, emotions.

Thank you.

Humaira Abid
Humaira Abid

Thank you for liking my work.


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