The artworks that I created for this exhibition remain true to my desire to create with simplicity and ambiguity. I allowed for empty spaces which create an uncertainty that inspires seeking our own stories. An openness to uncertainty in any conversation leads to endless possibilities and new meanings. In Noh theater, for example, a pause gives space for an inner rehearsal and imagination similar to silence in music. I created forms with a sense of refinement of the Japanese aesthetics that dissolve into these spaces. The Islamic sense of calligraphic brushwork I rendered vertically similar to Asian scripts are love poems written by Arabic women contradicting the traditional Islamic calligraphy. The mere presence of such inscriptions deliver powerful messages even if they are not legible. I am interested in this power as well as their seductive aesthetics. Silences, disappearing figures, and the scripts hold a space that suggests a mysterious mood that isn’t to be described, but to be felt.
Inspiration, or inspirate means breathe upon. It is not visible as it is made of breath and it can fly to the moon with wings carrying colors and shapes and words we artists create.
In these dual-sided paintings one side came from within myself; on the other side, I let the transferred image dictate. Similar to a conversation where we start by saying something from within us then reflect upon what the other person says. These four paintings are to be seen by walking around them. The video link provides a visual of the installation. Small paintings are to accompany them on the wall space.