Ghada Amer

100 Words of Love


Epoxy resin and acrylic
170.5 x 182.9cm.

100 Words of Love is a colourful egg shaped sculpture comprised of one hundred Arabic words for love. This work, like other works by the artist, references domesticity, society, beauty and abstraction, and, consequently, the stereotypical gender roles found within these themes. Amer also subverts Western media’s portrayal of Arabic society as aggressive and associated with war.

Having lived and worked in New York for over twenty years, Amer straddles both cultures – the Middle East of her youth and modern day America. The tension of this dichotomy sustains her awareness of how we see others and ourselves, and has been a long-standing influence on her work.