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Gary Faigin: Sculptures That Cut Through Our Defenses

Jeremy Richards

Sometimes it's hard to relate to someone else's suffering, but even an experience that seems far removed from your own can feel immediate and powerful through art. Local critic Gary Faigin finds that experience in the work of Humaira Abid, a Pakistani American artist who spends about six months of each year in the Seattle area. Her new exhibit, called "Red," is currently on display at Seattle's ArtXchange Gallery. Most of Humaira Abid's sculptures are based on her personal experience, like the series of sculpted wooden faucets called, "Miscarriage." Gary reflects on how connecting to Abid's narrative through her art can give us a visceral sense of empathy that we couldn't find any other way. Gary Faigin talks with KUOW's Jeremy Richards.

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