“The sea ebbs and flows and the moon wanes and waxes and time has summer and winter, but truth doesn’t alter or pass away or change.”
للبحر مد وجز وللقمر نقص وكمال وللزمن صيف وشتاء اما الحق فلا يحول ولا يزول ولا يتغير- جبران
This piece was made based on my own memories of my grandmother’s house in a village near Palmyra, and my father’s poem reflecting on his own memories of the same village. An excerpt of the poem has been translated into English:
Our village longs for ecstasy
Flaunts with sweet dreams
The universe is fields of
Wheat stalks of gilded desires
Our village and the green moon
And the path takes a nap.
Like a myth, like a tale,
Flowers tell it to my heart; like a
- Mohi Aldeen Al-Jurdi
Amber Tear Drops
Tug vines in light winds
Daring to fly.
- Maya Asbridge
Wise Jellyfish (Left)
Each strand includs meaningful quotes translated into Arabic.
Weight of Words (Below)
In this turbulent time, I wanted to show contrasting values and at the
same time show the weight of these values, where the heaviest one carries the most significance from my point of view:
Who would visit the grapevines? Who would fill the baskets?
Who would pick the grape leaves?
After us, will the stars descend, to play on the hills,
in the middle of the calm nights?
At our foothill in the "erzal,"
the branches of the trees are surrounding my secrets...
And the yard with the shadows is covered by a gentle beautiful scent...
Our land is here, and our stream. It is where we roamed,
and where we felt drunk with happiness
Its magic is ours, and our dreams, so if we left... and passed....
(and then the song repeats... as in, if we left and passed...
who would visit the grapevines
Erzal Is something that has no translation.
It is a very specific kind of a tree house, that is also used as a bed.
Baadana (After Us)Fairuz
bayda's reading_a lesson in drawing copyFairuz
The Tuareg people are about 2 million semi-nomadic people who live across the Sahara Desert. Tuaregs have been called the "blue people" for the indigo dye colored clothes they traditionally wear and which stains their skin. They even believe that they have blue blood running in their veins.
Also because they are superstitious and believe in the continuous presence of various spirits (djinns), most Tuareg men wear protective amulets that protect them from evil. Hence the pouch with a protective message in the art piece and it reads:
“May God protect you from all evil and wish you peace and prosperity.”
It's A New Day
The blue weaving with its wave- like patterns resembles Hokusai's print ‘The Wave’. The cranes in Eastern mythology are a symbol of peace and longevity. Repurposed wood resembles the cracking of dawn that allows the light, waves and birds to rise.