Arab Today, arab today lebanese artist explores the emirates on canvas
Last Updated : GMT 10:54:55
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Lebanese artist explores the emirates on canvas

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Lebanese artist explores the emirates on canvas

Abu Dhabi - Arabstoday

In the great Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar\'s masterpiece The Conference of the Birds, the humble hoopoe is the wisest of all the feathered assembly. With black-tipped crest quivering on its head, the hoopoe plays the wise Sufi master in the poem, leading the birds back to clearsightedness. \"Come you lost atoms to your centre draw, and be the eternal mirror that you saw\", is one of the book\'s most famous lines. \"Rays that have wander\'d into darkness wide, return and back into your sun subside.\" This spirit of holding on or returning to one\'s essence is at the heart of the Lebanese artist Mouna Bassili Sehnaoui\'s solo exhibition at Salwa Zeidan Gallery in Abu Dhabi, continuing until December 30. Sehnaoui spent two weeks travelling through the Emirates, absorbing the natural grandeur of Sir Bani Yas island while sketching and painting the birds that pass through that part of the country in a palette of soaring colours. One of the finest of those included in the exhibition is that of the hoopoe - Sehnaoui shows the boisterousness of the bird\'s call in v-shaped lips, and the fan of colours on its head seems to lilt like waving fingers. But while her birds hint at some of the appealing, colourful boldness of American artist Ed Ruscha\'s robin, Sehnaoui explains that finding her own voice on canvas only came once she \"threw out the window\" everything she learnt during a spell at the University of Arizona, at a time when minimalism was at its apogee. \"I came back to Lebanon and just froze in front of the canvas. Eventually, I realised I needed to draw what I felt like drawing. Being in the States made me see the region differently, as a place with a lot of history to be inspired from.\" This, she explains, is what has charged the flat-plane style she\'s gone for - taking precedents from early Levantine art, mosaic and flashes of Byzantine icon painting. \"Flat painting is in my genes,\" says Sehnaoui and she brings this to a representation of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, giving the scene a harmonious, exhaling order. But birds are recurrent images in Sehnaoui\'s work and she has included a vast number of these small canvases. \"I\'m very interested in archaeology in the Middle East,\" she says. \"I have noticed that over the centuries the bird motif has been used over and over again in mosaics, silverwork and pottery from this part of the world. \"In the past, birds represented peace, spiritual life and freedom. For me as an artist, I notice that birds are free to cross borders without visas - almost like the global connection that the internet has today - and are a reminder that justice has to be the same for everyone.\" To reflect this, perhaps, both Latin and Arabic letters seem to mingle together amid the birds\' feathers, suggesting a meeting of East and West in the wings that allow them to migrate. Sehnaoui ascribes a silent personality to these birds, trying to capture their simple, inscrutable joy in being. Myna birds, egrets and a wonderfully chirpy portrait of the na\'al, a cross between a nightingale and a canary, are all represented in these small canvases, as well as two facing peacocks. \"I was fascinated in Yemen and the Dubai Museum by the rooms that resembled traditional bedrooms - I kept finding images of the double peacock, but wondering why it was placed in the bedroom? Then, I saw this inscription: \'God grants to those who have patience.\' \"When I came back to Beirut, I met a man who had a huge collection of birds, including a pet peacock that answered to his call. The peacock\'s tail was missing, and he explained that these birds lose their tail in summer. I realised then that the peacock I\'d seen in the images of bedrooms was a very old fertility symbol in the Middle East.\" This feeds into Sehnaoui\'s representations of the birds. But elsewhere in the show, she\'s chosen to look at the purity of the desert landscape and reflect on the brilliance that it must have taken to adapt to this harshness. \"On the surface it looks so barren and arid, but once you give a bit of time to the desert you realise all the gifts it can give to man. It\'s no coincidence that the founders of the three monotheistic religions sought deserts for contemplation.\" Abundant palm trees and carefree horses prance light-footed through a difficult terrain. The abundance of the desert, these works suggest, is something that must be found and arduously learnt. Sehnaoui says these works are a plea to those who\'ve inherited this that they should not let it go. \"I worry that if they lose touch with this tradition that they\'re all about, it will leave a great emptiness behind.\"

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today lebanese artist explores the emirates on canvas Arab Today, arab today lebanese artist explores the emirates on canvas

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today lebanese artist explores the emirates on canvas Arab Today, arab today lebanese artist explores the emirates on canvas

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today Second US judge orders freeze

GMT 08:04 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Second US judge orders freeze
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Writing's on the wall for Trump, Zuckerberg

GMT 09:05 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Writing's on the wall for Trump, Zuckerberg
Arab Today, arab today Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge

GMT 11:26 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Sidem reveals plan to improve education

GMT 15:52 2017 Friday ,06 October

Sidem reveals plan to improve education
Arab Today, arab today Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action

GMT 10:54 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action
Arab Today, arab today Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple

GMT 16:00 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Mercedes says recalls 400,000 UK cars

GMT 06:56 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

Mercedes says recalls 400,000 UK cars
Arab Today, arab today Britain's Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs

GMT 10:53 2017 Sunday ,15 October

Britain's Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs
Arab Today, arab today Hussein Fahmy happy for honoring in festival

GMT 07:47 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

Hussein Fahmy happy for honoring in festival
Arab Today, arab today Three killed, 360,000 without power

GMT 05:11 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

Three killed, 360,000 without power

GMT 09:31 2017 Monday ,16 October

Dalal Abdel Aziz happy for “Seventh Neighbor”

GMT 18:15 2017 Monday ,16 October

British actress becomes fifth woman

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha

GMT 18:49 2017 Monday ,16 October

India to close colonial-era military farms

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 23:42 2017 Monday ,16 October

Better Marriages Make

GMT 06:52 2017 Monday ,16 October

Airbus CEO says won't cling to job

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 03:59 2017 Sunday ,15 October

US mobile carriers Sprint, T-Mobile to merge

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday