Desert X 2021: “What Lies Behind the Walls” by Zahrah Alghamdi

Zahrah Alghamdi’s monolithic wall is comprised of stacked forms impregnated with cements, soils, and dyes specific to the California Desert region.

She expresses a highly individualized language corresponding to feelings, cultural identity, memory, loss and emotions associated with this place and time.

Her laborious and meticulous process involves assembling particles of earth, clay, rocks, leather, and water to draw on the notion of “embodied memory.”