Art Talk: Creating Imaginary Spaces with Rehab El Sadek

Thursday, April 15, 2021
6:00–7:00 p.m.
YouTube Live

The imagined and structural spaces winter/spring 2021 artist-in-residence Rehab El Sadek creates are based on inspiration and memory. Join the interactive conversation to understand El Sadek’s creative process in constructing place and the sources she uses, including Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino and contemporary and ancient Egyptian architecture. Then, she will lead the audience in a city map-building activity, envisioning an imaginary, fantastical city created through group visualization.

Get inspired by reading Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino and, optionally, be prepared to respond to a few prompts in the comments during the talk:

  • Who lives in this city?
  • How is it architecturally unique?
  • What challenges inform its design?
  • What do the inhabitants eat?
Rehab El Sadek, 1173 E. Stadium Drive, 2019. Mixed media; 12.5 x 10 x 7 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

About the artist:

Rehab El Sadek uses light, shadow, history, and memory to conceptualize meditative journeys. A significant influence on her work is the rich history of Egypt, her native country, and other ancient civilizations. She borrows colors, textures, and materials from antiquity in an effort to contribute to a vernacular that’s been around for thousands of years. Utilizing a centuries-old mnemonic technique known alternately as the Method of Loci and the Memory Palace, she meditates on forgotten places culled from childhood and difficult moments, constructing and linking individual objects.

Image at top: (L) Rehab El Sadek, credit Curt Gettman. Courtesy of the artist. (R) Rehab El Sadek, The Memory Palace (detail), 2019. Mixed media; 60 x 180 x 0.4 inches fiber art/plexiglass, 120 x 240 inches shadow. Courtesy of the artist.