Portraits 2000 – Ongoing Projects

The Portrait Video

The Self

This art work talks about my thoughts and feelings toward the daily destruction of the mangroves, which I witnessed daily while going kayaking or running in Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah.  I had a period of time when I felt I was one of those mangroves trees especially when I painted or sketched them.  I spent a long time with the mangroves and I feel I know them very well! I felt their pain too! 

I faced waves of difficulty while working to protect the mangroves, and yet so much support, too.   

For this art work I borrowed the myth of Daphne turning into a laurel tree!  There is a certain satisfaction and a beauty, I feel, of becoming a tree!  I wish I could be a tree! 

The Self is located at the Sharjah American International School in Umm Al Quwain to be on display for one year, 2017-2018. 

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