It was hard for me to stop working on these Kalamazoo drawings back in October. So I decided to start again, because having them in my life makes me a happier person. I use all sorts of supplies on these: stamps, water, watercolors, ballpoint pen, pencil, and carbon paper. I always work on two at a time, hence the duplicate image you see below. It’s fun. Everyone should try carbon paper once in their lifetime.
Yesterday my friend Wafa Rashed sent me all these delightful photos of Eve at Sunday night’s 1001 Eves tea party. The more she sent (this went on all day!) the fewer I included in my previous post, simply because hers were much nicer. Of the 53 Eves exploring Dar Nur, she found 39. Not bad! Thank you, Wafa, for these wonderful photographs! Read More
I wanted my Eves to have an official ‘coming out’ party so Noor and I set a meet-and-greet tea last night at her shop. The weather was lovely and Eve got to meet a few of our friends and family members. And somehow the event turned into an Eve treasure hunt. It was fun and a great way to end this frantic month!
Listen to Comme Ci Comme Ca by Zaz:
I have a kinky hose.
Ok, before you go all ‘that’s what she said’ on me, hear me out. A year ago I bought this shitty hose from Ace Hardware. I swear, it came with built-in kinks. The thing won’t recoil, hardens in the sun and takes forever to spray. And as you can see, my terrace is in shambles. We’ve had some pretty strong winds and a thunderstorm, and I just haven’t had the time to clean outside. Plus I hate my hose. And the cats don’t help. BUT. All these factors have converged to create artistic nature pieces in my terrace. So I thought I’d share some of these works with you. Read More
Sometimes I just want to paint. It was one of those days (yesterday) that I actually went through my storeroom rummaging for stretched canvases. I found this one. There was a painting of an apple on it, which wasn’t pretty enough to render it worthy of not being painted over. This morning I finished the painting. I’m not completely ecstatic about it but it served its purpose of lifting me ever so slightly. Read More
This Global Art Forum has opened up a huge can of worms called the VIP list. This type of caste system has never bothered or affected me until it…well…affected me. First of all, and to borrow a phrase from my Average Joe du jour John Oliver, VIP: how is it still a thing? Read More
So the Global Art Forum came and went. There were glitches, some heartache and a general feeling of ‘it could’ve been better’. I’m sure we did all we could to present and host it to our best abilities. All I can hope for is that a. we do a better job next year (if we’re asked) and b. we have learned some valuable lessons about communications, expectations and how to run a damn good show. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be completely honest about my opinions and feelings here or to draw on the diplomacy GCC’s Fatima Al Qadiri discussed during the collective’s talk. I can’t decide. Read More
Tomorrow is the opening of Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum, held here in Kuwait for the first time. Part of the two-day event is a group exhibition at Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiya’s Amricani Cultural Center in Sharg. For the past four days, in one way or another, the four artists displaying their work, with the help of DAI and the Sultan Gallery staff, have been toiling hard to get this show ready. There are a few small details here and there to iron out but fingers crossed it’ll be done for the opening tomorrow at 2:30 pm. The artists showing their work are Farah Behbehani, Mohammaed Al-Kouh, Amira Behbehani and me.
Also, check out Monira Al Qadiri’s ‘JAYKAR’ video program continuous screening starting 4:00 pm. And lastly, my dear friend Mai Al-Nakib will be one of the speakers on the topic of writing, publishing and technology (Sunday, March 15, 5:15 pm). Read More
Last weekend my sister and I were invited to a ‘Kuwaiti’ party at our friend H’s beach house by the Saudi border. It was the equivalent of a toga party, but instead of Roman garb, the dress code was dishdashas for the men and dara’at (women’s robes) for the ladies. Folkloric singer Ismail Karam and his troop provided the music. It was fun. And freezing. And surreal (with the dishdashas and full men’s head dress, it was so difficult to distinguish the Kuwaiti men from the non-Kuwaitis. Not that that was important but several times I’d be thrown off). My sister and I stayed the night.
The next morning I was the first one up so I went out for a quiet walk with my tapestry and took some lovely photos. After breakfast with the Greek ambassador Theodoros Theodorou and long time Kuwaiti-resident Antonella Fanelli, and later a second breakfast with the rest of the sleepover party, my sister, Antonella and I went for another walk and photo session with the tapestry.
I can’t wait to go back next weekend for another much-needed respite. Read More
This painting has been mostly complete for weeks. I say mostly because I wasn’t sure it was done. She’s always looking at things around the house. Or so it seemed like to me. There was a period missing at the end of this sentence. So I added a dot. And it made perfect sense. Read More
How’s this for a coincidence. The number 76 is a milestone for me as it was the first time I noticed what year it was (I was six at the time. Is that too old to learn about dates?). I became so conscious of it because I saw it everywhere, this magical number 76. The one that made me finally ask my mom about its significance was my brother’s blue and green socks with 76 on the sides. Anyway, how is this a coincidence? Because I’ve been listening to Gary Numan all morning (and over the past couple of days). And Gary Numan is a milestone in my love for music. He was the first singer I ever fell in love with. Way before David Bowie. I was nine years old. Ok, there have been greater coincidences in history, but…here’s Gary Numan:
I drew this last night. I am overwhelmed. I have so many things coming up in March, I honestly don’t know how it happened. I’m getting worse and worse at visualizing my days beyond ‘tomorrow’. Even that feels abstract to me. I can only visualize ‘now’. Am I rapidly losing my braincells? Maybe, I don’t know. Anyway, I drew this last night. As you can see I had a little fun with white-out. I found the white quite effective so went over a couple of my previous drawings in this notebook. And I also ripped the cover off. It was hideous and made no aesthetic sense. Read More