Ismail Hassouna

The blade as a cultural artifact is a double edge sword in the metaphorical
sense that it can be viewed as a vessel for violence and destruction but at the same
time is a vessel for nurturing and nourishment. Placing these objects in the context of
a kitchen is where my distinction arises. I as a maker feel like the view of a knife has
been dominated by the violent perception, but in the context, I place my work I want
to highlight the nurturing side of knives.
Using four different points of view Violent, Criminal, Design and Abstraction.
Violent perception cannot be separated from the knife; this is why I choose to em-
brace that aesthetic. Making them unfunctional as a weapon.
The knives I created is embracing the violent perception by combining the
knuckleduster and a cleaver to make an aesthetical language of violence.
The butterfly knife is an archetypal criminal knife that carries significant cul-
tural weight. Taking this design that has been coined by media to depict criminals and
combining it with the least threatening blades that we all use regularly.
Design is a key part of any product and is based in form and function, these
knives are a representation of familiar forms in the kitchen with my own twist. The
goal is to make very functional objects that are simply functional and utilitarian de-
Abstraction is my way to put traditional form of the knife in the context of
contemporary art, making soft shapes of what is usually very defined forms. Keeping
the elements I enjoy about knifemaking but trying to demystify the part that is most
perceived as violent and destructive.

The Collaboration

This webpage is the result of collaboration between two leading international university programs in metal art. A selection of the best BfA and MfA exam work will be presented every year.

HCA Hereford

Delyth Done
Hereford College of Arts
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666 95 Dals Långed
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