Falak Al Gazi
Hand & Butterfly
An animator by profession, Falak has worked in the arts for over 10 years. In 2014, displaced from Syria she found herself wanting to bring beauty and hope from the smoke and ashes of war, and began working with candle flames to create her portraits and landscapes.
Using a technique called fumage, she uses the flame of a candle to create paintings with trails of soot and smoke. She shapes the smoke into an image with feathers and brushes.
Inspired by Canadian artist Steven Spazuk, she follows the smoke to express her emotions and ideas. She has expanded her work reflecting the fragility of life through detailed carving of eggshells. She held her first exhibition in October 2015.
She has created many animated pieces for children, drawing and designing books and stories. She has traveled across Arab speaking world teaching animation to children and adults.