French-Lebanese artist Lina Husseini creates exuberant PVC sculptures that challenge academic tenets and playfully take a life of their own. Raised in Lebanon and France–her work expresses a transcendence of East and West as her influence stems from both. Beginning her self-taught practice using papier-mâché, she built on these skills to explore various mediums playing with material, color, and composition. She uses her practice to take everyday materials out of context, challenging cultural notions of use value and the quotidien and using her work to signal an optimistic transcendence of the human arenas of politics and society.
Husseini employs PVC as her primary medium, pioneering its use in the art world. Working with this material at high temperatures straight from the machine, she creates distinctive and unprecedented sculptures. Each piece is a testament to her meticulous craftsmanship, as she shapes them spontaneously by hand, eschewing the use of molds. Her latest series, About People and Relationships–comprised of eight sculptures–deviates from her predilection for curved forms, embracing a more geometric orientation, yet retaining Husseini’s intuitive approach.
Husseini exhibited extensively in her native Lebanon as well as the United States. Her sculpture Together is part of the permanent collection of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, in Peoria, Illinois. She also participated in auctions in the USA to raise funds for student scholarships in Lebanon and cancer treatment. Most recently, Husseini exhibited with Multi Art Events in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, and Salon international d’art contemporain in Marseille, France.