Simone Fattal

Born in Damascus in 1942, Simone Fattal studied philosophy in Paris and Beirut before emigrating to California in 1980, during the Lebanese Civil War. She soon established herself as a painter and sculptor, as well as founding the publishing house Post-Apollo Press, for experimental literature. Working in multiple media, including painting, drawing, and sculpture, Fattal is best known for her standing ceramic figures, notable for their elephantine legs and clunky form. Fattal’s work explores notions of femininity and masculinity, as well as uncovering buried histories that are reflected in her handling of the clay that makes her large-scale sculptures. Renowned Lebanese visual artist and poet Etal Adnan – who met Fattal in the 1970s – has written about her work with sensitivity and intimacy that points to their close friendship.  Fattal has been exhibited internationally, including at the New Museum, New York; the Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates; Cité des Arts, Paris; Bonnefanten Museum, The Netherlands, and the Beirut Art Centre, Lebanon. In 2013 she released a film titled Autoportrait, which was screened at international festivals. The artist works between Paris, Beirut, and California.