On the left is a poem that says ‘a storm cannot uproot a forest’; which is how I feel anyone experiencing war may feel, tearing homes apart but not the families. On the right are my thoughts that I painted as I listened to music, and after researching. It says things like ‘oh god, oh poor souls, for the love of god someone protect them’.
The bronze and dark green piece I made is a list of names of some of the thousands of names of children that have been murdered in Palestine recently, alongside their age and what city there were from. On top I stated “they grew up km 166.02 away from me, but never had the chance to”. I did not continue my sentence as I felt there were an endless amount of things that these innocent children, would never get the chance to do.
All of these works were inspired by the pieces that I had done as an emotional response to the articles I read mainly on social media. Videos I watched (ones not normally shared on the news) and music I’d listened to about our generation and the troubles we now face (such as “New Americana” by Halsey). Everything around me recently has been influencing and affecting me emotionally; my art is becoming a way for me to process it all.
I attended a workshop with second year students on screen-printing, to find the different ways in which I could build up layers and different textures using a variety of different materials, such as drafting film, India ink and paint markers. This was the first test done with a wide paint marker to build up a bold opaque text. I simply wrote my name in Arabic. I then played with different dark cards and cutouts to block out and create a positive and negative space. I did this so I could have the freedom to play around with the composition of my printed collage.
I felt inspired to get more into collaging by layering the prints, as well as collaging 3D objects into my pieces. Using different coloured paints and inks, different papers as well as anything that enables me to build up layers such as tracing paper. The bottom right photo is my outcome from the workshop, which has a background, done using different pressures on the squeegee while printing. The text on top that has been printed is what I transferred onto the screen and then over the dry background. I will be trying this more in the future in order to have multiple and unique card to collage with.
These are pictures of my first pieces of work this year. I have been obsessivly collecting information from ANYWHERE I can about the Middle East and the problems, occupation, wars and pain that is going on there. Whether it be social media sites, newspaper articles, news channels (although take everything mentioned on there with a pinch of salt) and anywhere else I can read/ watch something about it all.
They were done in response to notes I wrote down, after having a long day, a few hours to sit outside alone and think, and let my brain and word-vomit flow onto paper. I was furious and inspired and created these inspired by the thoughts I had jotted down.