|STILL NATURE|ZENA ASSI|
Opening : 07-Dec-2011 06:00 PM in the presence of the artist
Exhibition : 08-Dec-2011 till 10-Jan-2012
Artist(s) : ZENA ASSI
Venue : UNIT #R-01 GATE VILLAGE BLDG NO.08-DIFC
Originating in the middle ages and ancient Greek Roman art, a still life or a ‘nature morte’ is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter…
In this latest body of works, the literal dualism between the so called ‘still life’ and the ‘nature morte’ is reinterpreted in order to raise few questions:
First ,when does a life stop being still and becomes ‘morte’ dead?
Secondly , where is the thin red line between the two?
The genre is expanded beyond the boundaries of a frame.
The still life becomes a vehicle for explorations in order to reveal both the physical structure and the emotional subtext of our contemporary society.
Both bouquets and sitting sculptures are rendered as stagnating life forms containing a social allegorical symbolism relating to an actual Lebanese situation. When the society is resigned to sit and wait, when they let go of their freedom of choice and their will to act, don’t they take the highest form of life and relegate it to the very lowest order of life form? A lifeless life form?
Assi is born in 1974, Tripoli, Lebanon. Lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. Assi’ sharply defined portraits of still impression elongated and often melancholic figures of young men and women call for attention alongside her cluttered cityscapes that are crammed with wires, television antennas and buildings stacked precariously on top of one another. Her canvasses are filled with interwoven lines set against bold fields of colour abstractions. Lines of varied width and texture swirl rhythmically beyond the picture plane thus echoing the sense of a dynamic energy.
Zena Assi never makes preparatory sketches and instead begins by priming her canvases directly. The base layer is created using mixed media followed by adding different textures and materials; tissue paper, cloth, broken brushes to name a few. The result is contrasting layers of thick impasto. The artist often finishes off with a layer of oil colours which give her canvasses their peculiar, vigorous luminosity.
(info and pic provided by Art Sawa)