Saudi female artist dreams of becoming the Arab Madame Tussauds

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Lamiaa ElKholy - Mohammed Jarrah, Al Arabiya
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Noura Gowharji, the hospital management student, did not expect the piece of clay that she was molding with her hands would one day ignite the passion for sculpting within her.

This Saudi artist turned her hobby into a professional one when she created the character Gedo Sarhan in the kids’ series “Baba Farhan" in 2015.

She cried of joy when she saw her first model completed and admired by those around her.

"I am a realist sculptor. I am trying to develop myself through practice and following up on international artists, and I am very passionate about this kind of art," Noura said in an interview with Al Arabiya.

Noura added: "I have a great ambition that you cannot imagine. I want to sculpt huge works of famous figures in the Arab world and have a museum like Madame Tussauds’ wax museum in London."

Speaking about the tools used in her work, Noura said that she is currently using thermal clay as well as sculpture tools and Terracotta paste.

Pointing out that this type of material is costly, but the high cost did not prevent her from thinking about using new art material for the first time which gives her pieces a more realistic look in both form and texture.

Getting these materials locally is one of the difficulties she faces. Noura said that she received wide praises from her followers on the social networking sites, especially after creating the figure of the late King Faisal.

She said she does not accept personal requests, but she responds to the wishes of children who ask her for the famous anime character "Luffy."

She explained that she has already participated locally in Riyadh Cultural Festival, the Wamda exhibitions in Riyadh and recently in Jeddah Our Days of Bliss Gallery in Jeddah, and she wishes to participate in the international exhibitions and forums.

Noura added that currently she doesn’t have sponsors to support her except the members of her family to whom she is really grateful.

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