Studio Visit: Sherin Guirguis

Sherin Guirguis

I first met Sherin Guirguis at USC while giving a talk about B/D. Sherin teaches in the design department so I assumed that she was primarily a graphic designer. Over the years we’ve run into each other here and there but never really visited each others studio. A few months back Sherin stopped by my studio to check out some work. When I went to return the favor I didn’t find stacks of design work but a studio full of both paintings and sculpture that were at once precise and technical while organic and fluid.  Here are some shots from the studio visit.

Sherin Guirguis

Sherin primarily works on paper building large organic shapes out of ink, acrylic, and gouache. She then begins to cut detailed geometric patterns into areas of the piece.

Sherin Guirguis

Here is a detail of the above piece. The detail is mind numbing! These are all cut by hand. I especially like the colored glow that is left on the wall by the color on the back of the paper. Has a nice neon light quality.
Sherin Guirguis

The paintings are worked on both horizontally as well as on the wall. Most of the ink pouring happens on the table and then the detail on the wall.
Sherin Guirguis

Nice detail shot of a small piece. I love the silver foil on this.

Sherin Guirguis

If you look closely at the above image you can see the drawing of the geometric patterns that still need to be cut in this piece. Looks like Sherin will be in the studio for the next couple months.

Sherin Guirguis

Sherin’s studio walls are covered in small paintings, cutouts, collages, and other bits and pieces that will eventually make their way into the work.
Sherin Guirguis

More reference images, small drawings, and tests pinned on the wall. I’m interested in seeing how the spray painted stencil motif will work its way into the paintings.
Sherin Guirguis

I was wondering why Sherin’s studio wasn’t covered with piles of small cut paper. Then I found this box.
Sherin Guirguis

Sherin Guirguis

A  few finished pieces…

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Sherin Guirguis

Paper & wooden prototypes for few new sculptures. These will be much larger once once they are finalized. You can find more of Sherin’s work on her blog.

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  • SO neat! Now I wish I had her for Design 1!

  • Beautiful work – the paintings themselves almost seem sculptural as well!

  • awesome – cool way of working.

  • Amir

    Yea they are really great. Sherin has a good show coming up in LA as well!

  • Sherins’ work is fabulous, and especially when personally viewed. You are absolutely right about the neon back glow she creates…a sexy surprise.

  • sandy

    The work seems stimulating at first, due to the color and composition. There are so many signs of disentigration
    and codification intentionally blurred within the scale and color. A few three dimensional works escape the
    formulaic familiarity of color and form. Those are the small black cut outs on the table, neither of who rely on heavy color
    stimulation or large scale. Instead, they resonate through a complex parallel of minimal non-western symbolism
    and tactile 3 dimensionality.

    I would suggest to myself, start appealing to the fundamentals and not the acceptance and requirements of
    form and color alone.

    -sandy lazar

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