Artist's description:

About a month ago I attended a screening of the documentary "Welcome to Canada" (by GO Productions), followed by a discussion of the plight of refugees. I felt compelled to respond with art, which resulted in this diptych. As is my practice, the work doesn’t specifically refer to the current situation but reflects back to the timeless story of fleeing and seeking refuge, enacted continually through human history.

FLIGHT: Chunks of paper are cut out of the gentle pencil grid of peaceful society, and moving away in such a disorderly manner it feels like there has been an explosion. They leave behind a gutted grid, evoking gutted buildings with the red of fire and blood. The more pieces are removed, the more fragile the grid left behind.

REFUGE: The Arabic word that served as my basis evokes to me ships finding a safe harbor: this is expressed here with lost letters finding a space to moor – a space that is available and reserved for them (in simpler days, an empty space was always left at the table for the unexpected guest in need). The fragmented space of Flight has given way to the circle of wholeness. The previously threatening red now radiates at the heart of the composition like a warm sun or hearth fire.

Materials used:

Acrylic and sumi ink on Saunders Waterford paper, hand-cut, assembled on mount board. 50x50 cm.

Flight and Refuge (diptych) (2017)

$6,555.23

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This artwork is sold by Joumana Medlej from United Kingdom

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