This artwork was selected as a finalist in the World Citizen Artists International Competition 2014 at Belgravia Gallery, London, UK
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Acrylic and ink on Canvas
30 cm x 61 cm /12″ x 24″
This painting was created following the barbaric killings by the Islamic State and in response of images portrayed in the media of children playing in Gaza’s ruins during the ceasefire and the talks for funding the reconstruction of Palestine. The contrast between the devastation of the ruins caused by the war and the return of hope and reconstruction following a temporary peace, uncertain and fragile, but still a measure of peace, was striking.
This work is intended as a protest against these acts of barbarism and war, and as an appeal for peace. It wants to emphasize the dichotomy between war and peace, the total opposition of values and beliefs. It also wants to mark a return to normality and the expression of a future, only possible in peacetime. Abstraction is used here as a symbolic tool to amplify these two opposite realities. War, synonymous with chaos and desolation is represented by both the use of expressionist abstraction and the use of gray values representing destruction and despair. Peace is represented by the regularity and solidity of geometric abstraction, a solidity which presuppose strong foundations for reconstruction, and by the emergence of color representing hope and a possible future, out of an empty and murky horizon.
The title of the work “De Sable et de Cendres (Of Sand and Ashes)”, refers to a collective imagery of the Middle East that we see as desert landscapes, but of which sand is a component of many building materials, and the symbolism of ashes, strongly associated with loss and despair.
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