NSCAD Graduation Catalogue


Habiba El-Sayed

BFA Ceramic 

Minor in Art History


He who is without sin
“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7)

‘He who is without sin’ questions the hypocrisy of the Western world that is quick to pass judgement on other cultures’ transgressions, but fail to recognize their own issues. Over a decade after 9/11, Muslims continue to be an easy target, a stoning post for the West’s fear, hate and judgement. The intricate lattice is an ode to the beauty of Islamic art that is now so often replaced with violent imagery. The ceramic stones are a reminder that while judgements appear strong, they are still breakable.

similar but never the same
This work explores the impossibility of assimilation being a Muslim woman and a visible minority living in the Western world. While I try to fit the conventions of Western society, there are parts of myself that are non-negotiable, constant reminders of difference. Each piece, while constructed in the same way, with the same motif and glaze all bend in strange and different ways.