Monday, April 18, 2016

Window on Muscat

This month I am staying at the artist residency in Bait Al Zubair, Muscat-Oman. I have an open studio there. If you would like to visit to see the work I am producing while staying here, feel free to pass by!
I will be exhibiting at Gallery Sarah on Tuesday the 26th of April at 7 pm
I hope to see you there!
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While in Muscat, I was impressed by the preserved architecture and the effort to maintain strong traditions as part of the national identity. Seeing the locals wearing the national dress walking in the streets gives this place a unique cityscape. While preserving its past, the city is also constantly modernizing and changing. You can find here also the characteristics of all the capitals in the world: people from all parts of the world working and living together, modern buildings, shopping malls and international brands. This interesting contrast between the old preserved city and the modern cosmopolitan capital was really inspiring to me. 
My work is based on drawings and paintings commenting on daily life and stories spread by the news. In Muscat, I was able to work on one of my favorite subject: people and daily life in an urban environment, with some unique local features. I loved seeing the elderly gathered in public spaces and playing traditional games or sitting and watching the new generations that are creating the new face of Muscat. I liked spending time in Bait Al Zubair Museum to study the traditional Omani dress. And every day, I looked at the local newspapers to get to know the local perspective on world news.