For the month of January, our visual artist of the month is Qandle Qadir.
“Like so many kids who grow up in a rust belt city, I played on old railroad tracks and snuck into abandoned warehouses. I found all sorts of interesting metal “debris” by the tracks and in worn down structures- things that eventually end up hanging on my walls or on a cord around my neck.
Here in Cleveland though it also meant being surrounded by nature, our Emerald necklace. So spending time in old industrial areas was balanced with running barefoot through the woods and finding equally interesting stones, bones, leaves and such.
The body of my work has always found itself somewhere between these two worlds. Some pieces feel decidedly more industrial while others are more natural in their form. Most of the time I am just trying to find the balance.”