Saturday, January 27, 2007

Fatima's Embrace of Iraq

Oil on Canvas
40” x 60”

This painting was a response to the fact that virtually ALL media about Iraq ranges from the horrible to the most totally horrific à that not one beautiful piece of art, poem, landscape, or simple human story currently exists in our collective consciousness. By painting the mosques that were destroyed as rebuilt and beautiful; placing the Iraqi flag on former Saddam's Palace turned U.S.-Embassy; adding an Iraqi family enjoying a picnic along the Tigris River. We find ourselves looking at a kind of storybook version of Iraq, as these images do not exist in non-Islamic countries outside of the dream images from the story of Aladdin's Lamp. These images somehow manage to twist the current images of catastrophic reality, tragedy, the Arab-demonizing, symbols into that of a child’s dream. Add to that dream, the real dream, the U.S. Military leaving Iraq to Iraqis.
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