CAN Review – Hyam Fayed is an artist whose portfolio embraces experimentation and new technological tools in order to express her ideas. This blend of the visual and the technical manifests itself through a number of experiments on her website https://www.hyumankind.com/ and through her recent series of ‘Cryptofragments’. These Cryptofragments are floating 3D creations that look like crystalline structures. Hyam has constructed a conceptual narrative whereby each fragment has been extracted from a star (in this case R145 in the Tarantula Nebula). There is something almost hypnotic about the gentle floating motion that each fragment displays in the simple animation, and the subtle lighting catches glints of colour as the crystals move up and down.
The following description from the foundation.app website adds some scientific data to the animation:
004 Fragment R145
#004 of an ongoing series called #CRYPTOFRAGMENTS 💎
Exclusively on Foundation
Fragment of the star R145 🔭
R145 / a spectroscopic binary star in the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud located in the constellation Dorado
Constellation / Dorado004 Fragment description https://foundation.app/hyam/004-fragment-r145-320 by Hyam
Apparent Magnitude (V) / 12.04
Radial Velocity (Rv) / 270 ± 5 km/s
Mass / 53+40−20 M☉
Radius / 20+6−5 R☉
Luminosity / 2,240,000+924,000−654,000 L☉
Temperature / 50,000 ± 3,000 K
The Cryptofragment series invites the viewer to study the nuances of each piece in their floating animations. The following ‘009 Fragment Var 83’ image has a solid purple core with a transparent outer shell that reflects the light in a very subtle way. Part of the beauty of this particular piece is the fact that the core seems to have a semi-abstract face with two eyes and a nose visible. While this may be just a trick of the light or a case of pareidolia, it reminds us of the power of the semi-abstract in enabling the mind to make connections or associations with more famiar forms.
Finally, I’ll leave you with one of the very few Cryptofragments that are still available to bid on ‘013 Fragment Alpha TrA, α TrA’. This time there seems to be a much stronger primary light on the cryptofragment which creates a strong highlight on the inner core of the piece.
CAN recommend that you click on the links to view Hyam’s work in all of their subtle animated glory and read the various descriptions of the elusive Cryptofragments!
What is your background as an artist in general?
What is your overall process in generating art?
3D design in Blender
How would you describe your art in your own words?
Experimental mixed media
Favourite artists / influences?
Benjamin Edgar, James Turrell, Sean Brown
How did you discover Crypto Art NFTs?
Through the art and design community on Twitter
Has the digital nature of cryptoart NFTs changed how you approach your art practice?
What if anything, has surprised you about this new area of art practice?
Theres so much to explore!
How would you like the field of cryptoart and nfts to evolve over time?
would love for it to be more inclusive!
How can access and information to this new field of art practice be encouraged?
making it more entry level friendly, and educating folks on crypto fundamentals
You can view more of Hyam’s Cryptofragments on https://foundation.app/hyam and read another interview via https://www.loversmagazine.com/interviews/hyam-fayed