MASRICANI

Biography

Yasmine K. Kasem is an Egyptian-American born in central Indiana, completing her BFA at Herron
School of Art and Design at IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN, 2015. Growing up in a post 9/11 environment
with events leading up to the wars in the Middle East and the social stigma regarding her culture and
Islamic religion, greatly influenced her interest in her Egyptian heritage. Kasem uses her sculptures
as a platform to voice her perspective as someone who inhabits both sides conflicting cultures. In
2015, Yasmine was awarded the ISC 21’st Annual Outstanding Student Achievement in
Contemporary Sculpture for her piece El Qamesha El Wahida and exhibited at the Grounds for
Sculpture, NJ. Currently she is an MFA candidate at UC Sand Diego.

 

I am interested in addressing the middle ground, or “inbetween” of forming an identity in
a transcultural situation between my Egyptian heritage and an American up bringing. The work
uses themes of gender and identity politics as well as cultural protocols that are custom to those
who exist within them, yet trying to balance the protocols  into one person standing in the limbo
between these cultures. The issues are made present through the arrangement of fabrics, as a
strong tie to the importance of textiles and patters in Egypt and Islamic practices, and in the
metaphorical connotation of women’s relationship to stone. I use stone in relation to women in
the sense that stone is pinnacle to the foundation of society, versatile, strong yet taken
advantage of. A commotion between the people, their task, their garments and the designs of
the interior architecture create a visually confusing and overwhelming scene. These figures, are
the visual conjectures of a Masricani – a hodgepodge of fabric, somewhat crassly thrown
together, yet carefully placed in a kaleidoscopic puzzle of color and pattern over three-
dimensional forms.

 

Masricani 2