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Local KC Artist, Advocate, Hasna Sal, to release her first book after the 2021 International Arts Biennial-one of only two Americans (Cyprus Oct, 2021). Wins prestigious KCI airport commission. Awardee of 2 grants from Kansas City Museum and NEKC Chamber of Commerce for Independence Plaza Park, KCMO.
POEMS IN GLASS is a uniquely original book. Part memoir, part revelation. Through the panes, poems, and practice of glass artist, Hasna Sal, you’ll find the heart of a poet. “From the pulse of a small city park at dusk, one artist is forever changed.” Hasna’s insistence that the “artist’s role is to bring awareness” sounds simple until you walk the bed of shards, she crosses with the people in her community. From a local doctor and his family to the invisible victims of trafficking, to the weary student in need of spiritual sustenance, Hasna explores both outer and inner sanctum; our personal deepest needs for spirit and light. Illustrated with her brilliantly cast unpaned glass art, Hasna’s lyrical verse harkens back to the form of Sufi poets, and the warmth of bygone days where color brings visceral emotion and therapeutic energy to the mind and body. Color is the elixir of life. Let Hasna serenade your soul as she shares her life’s work through narrative, art, and verse.
For Immediate Release
Sept 29th, 2021
Hasna Sal (913) 940-7930
Art is a multi-layered process and has a scientific technique to creating it. Poetry is just me. Poetry to me is like meditation. It reminds me of my grandfather kneeling on his prayer mat in India. I pick up my pen and start to write what I am feeling, and I don’t stop and put the pen down until that feeling and thought are completed. Once the poem is written, I don’t touch it again. The words flow through me in verses. I feel like I have broken something if I change it. It’s like I’m dressing it up to be something else.
~ Hasna Sal
Flying Ketchup Press® was founded in 2018 to champion new and diverse voices in short fiction and poetry.
Title: Poems in Glass/ Larnaca Biennale
Dates of first Book Launch Event: November 12th, Westport Presbyterian Church
Date of Larnaca Biennale: Oct 13 2021 through Nov 26th
Artist Talks: November 12th, Westport Presbyterian Church TBA
Biennale Location: 44 United Nations Street,Orthodoxou Tower 3rd floor, 6042 Larnaca, Cyprus 6042 Larnaca, Cyprus
Sal’s is also celebrating the release of her first book; a book of poetry titled Poems In Glass through Flying Ketchup Press a new Kansas City publisher that champions new voices in poetry and short fiction. Hasna Sal is their 2020-2021 Poet in residence for her work in both poetry and advocacy. The book is set to be released on Nov 9th, 2021.
The book is divided into three segments: Sanctuary Sanctum, Spirit, and Synchrony where Sal addresses her intuitive interior design, her advocacy installations for victims of trafficking as well as her experience with art that is healing to both human spirit and the environment.
As an artist, I feel a responsibility to be an advocate of change….Color, light, and social awareness are the focus of my work. I concentrate on social reform through the application of color and light in my sculptures in articulating my narrative. Public art is a means to create a conversation that may be polarized. It becomes a conversation piece used to voice our opinions and to listen.
Hasna equates her art with survival and her advocacy as a conversation for change. Both her poetry and her visual art story of empowerment and freedom in that light, I hope you will take in all the facets of her art. Through the addition of her poetry, Hasna becomes more like her glass, letting her viewers see inside her heart and motivation.
“I was on an airplane flying to New York for an art installment. I was writing verses for the art pieces that were going to be presented. That is something I do for all of my artwork. I sent the verses to a friend, Dr. Kevin Vogt. He was impressed with the verses and thought other people would enjoy reading them. That was when I was inspired to write the book…I knew when I found Polly’s information, Polly Alice McCann the managing Editor at Flying Ketchup Press, I knew this was the publisher I wanted to work with; her poetry and art is well-known and respected. I knew she was the person I wanted to publish my work. She’s held my hand through this entire process guiding me and I am so grateful,” shared Sal.
Bio: HASNA SAL credits her graduate work in landscape architecture from Harvard with the foundation of her current work in glass sculpture. She apprenticed under artists in England and Wales and earned her five-year NAAB-accredited professional degree program in architecture at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. She calls herself a raconteur–bringing to light stories that are overlooked or forgotten or through her sculptural glass and light installations. A lifelong poet, she now debuts her first public poetry. With a diploma from the London School of Journalism, she synthesizes personal narratives, poetry, and art for communities with her unique, creative placemaking and social reform.
Career: “Here I confronted a new frontier of my career—the craft of glass sculptures. Since 2004, I have been sculpting glass in various shapes, forms and sizes. In 2010, I was accepted into Harvard for a postgraduate degree in landscape architecture. My education at Harvard gave me a greater understanding for the natural world and I translate my observations into my sculptural forms,” said Sal.
Working from her Kansas City studio, her work is shown in a Johnson County home gallery as well as various art shows and competitions throughout the United States and worldwide. Her Nativity triptych, a 600-pound nativity scene of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph gained national attention, as did her glass-panel memorial for human trafficking victims in Lykins Square Park, which was unveiled last October.
“After the Nativity piece, I felt two things very strongly: Christ will protect the innocent, and when something good happens, it brings the world together. I wanted to bring the church and spirituality into the park. I wanted to associate glass with spirituality and Godliness,” explained Sal.
Sal believed that the Nativity piece had to have been created first because it was what then led her to the Lykins Park project (Into The Light) after reading a book written by a sex trafficking survivor, Christine McDonald (Cry Purple).
However, when comparing her art to poetry, Sal sees a great difference in the two mediums.
“Art is a multi-layered process, and has a scientific technique to create it. Poetry is just me. Poetry to me is like meditation. It reminds me of my grandfather kneeling on his prayer mat in India. I pick up my pen and start to write what I am feeling, and I don’t stop and put the pen down until that feeling and thought are completed. Once the poem is written, I don’t touch it again. The words flow through me in verses. I feel like I have broken something if I change it. It’s like I’m dressing it up to be something else,” said Sal.
“I like to sit back in my recliner and let the pen flow; however, sometimes poetry just comes to me. I wake up in the middle of the night and I’m scratching things down on paper or napkins. I wake up in the morning and read what I’ve written from the night before. Sometimes you get an Ah-hah moment, and sometimes it is pure rubbish and goes straight into the trash,” explained Sal.
Sal credits her graduate work in landscape architecture from Harvard with the foundation of her current work in glass sculpture. She apprenticed with artists in England and Wales and earned her five-year NAAB accredited professional degree program in architecture at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. She also has a diploma from the London School of Journalism.
“I identify myself as the raconteur; bringing to light stories that are overlooked or forgotten or uncomfortable. Sharing these stories creates awareness of the problem, which in turn facilitates the platform for conversations and resolutions to take place,” said Sal.
It is a goal that she strives to accomplish not only through the use of her art but now through her poetry, too.