the poly’s bid a grand farewell to CAP

Azza and I had to devise a plan for this operation. We did a few test shots of where she should be situated as not to see her head peeping out. I set up the camera on a makeshift tripod (if you look at the ground level you will see that I have a box atop a step ladder atop a table I grabbed from the cafe below). Azza's job was to lie flat on her belly and roll the polyhedra down the escalator. I clicked the record button and ran up another escalator on the other side of the cafe, crawled to where she was and plopped on the ground to help her. We rolled polyhedra down the escalator for around seven minutes.

What kind of a poly-mistress would I be if I didn’t allow my polyhedra to leave with somewhat of a bang? Naturally there was lots of play involved in packing my beloved ‘stars’, but lots of sweat too!

I want to thank my new friend and sister-in-arms Azza for helping me out this morning. Read More

until } reem algharabali’s photos

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This was the main image used for promoting the event. The painting itself proved to be quite popular and found a really good home. The exhibition is up until February 22.

Months of work came to fruition last Wednesday with the opening of my latest show Until at the Contemporary Art Platform. It was a crazy night, a reunion of sorts. And what better way to share the event with those who couldn’t make it than with pictures. This first batch was taken by my very dear friend Reem Algharabali. Read More

new painting } ice-cream and a ladybug

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Ice-Cream and a Ladybug, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 240 cm

This painting started with the eponymous ice-cream and ladybug. I was babysitting my nephew Khaldoun, had three empty canvases prepped for painting and thought: why not let him play a little?  Read More

new painting } come in/come close/come together

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Come in/Come Close/Come Together, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 240 cm

All I’m going to say about this painting is that I miss companionship. Read More

folkyflo & the little eves

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Eno and the Little Eves. He got along so well with the girls.

A few weeks ago I introduced everyone to FolkyFlo Eve. And now it’s time to introduce you to the Little Eves. The idea of a smaller Eve arose when I felt the original Eve was a little too cumbersome and conspicuous for me to carry around. So I kept her with friends (she had a great time, but  I’ll leave this for later posts) while Laura and I concentrated on creating a smaller Eve that was more portable. A side note: when I told my friend Reem Algharabali about this mini version of Eve, she suggested that Laura add a hole at the bottom of her torso (there’s no way to explain this without it sounding sexual, sorry) for inserting a stick. This is so Reem could take her to festivals and raise her above the crowds: Festival Eve. But only Reem will call her that.  Read More

watercolor paintings } tree woman 01 & 02

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Tree Woman 01

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Tree Woman 02

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new painting } the eves and thilo

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The Eves & Thilo, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 240 cm

I finished this painting around ten days ago, and instead of photographing myself with it as I usually do with my finished paintings, I wanted to share that fun with a few of the special women in my life. Thanks to my sister Yasmine for thinking about asking her colleague photographer Thilo Mayer to take the pictures, which he so generously did. It was so spontaneous, and what was going to be an afternoon of fun with my girlfriends turned into an afternoon of fun with my girlfriends and Thilo! Oh, and Eve, who is currently staying with Fatma Bodoma, but I’ll leave that for another post. Read More

new painting } eves at the forum

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Eves at the Forum, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 150 cm

I started this painting in late July, and until I finished it two days ago, it had been driving me mad. For the longest time I kept denying that the painting felt wrong, that I even hated it. I put it away for weeks, in avoidance and resentment for the subjects it portrayed. It’s the worst feeling ever, painting-wise. When I brought it back out and looked at it hard and strong-and admitted that some of the faces had to go-I got both a feeling of relief and an overwhelming sense that there was a lot of work to be done. And so many problems to solve. I worked so long on this painting that not only did I pose once with it for Instagram, not twice, but four times! We did end things on good terms and all is fantastic in the world again. Read More

new painting } eve to eve

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Eve to Eve, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 230 cm

I started this painting before my trip to London beginning of this month and let it marinate for a while until two days ago. I have made a promise to never end a painting until I love it, and I’m crazy about this one.  Read More

the reincarnation of eve

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I have been following Laura Bevan on Instagram for a while now. As I do with many artist friends I’ve ‘met’ on Instagram, I like a lot of her posts/artwork. But it’s her dolls I fell in love with. Because I’m always up for a collaboration, I asked her if she would create an Eve for me, in a larger size. She agreed and a few weeks later I am now united with my FolkyFlo Eve. And because I happen to be in London, I picked her up personally from Laura, who I feel like I’ve known all my life. Read More

new watercolor } the care

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New watercolor } The Care

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new painting } comet

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Comet, 2016, acrylic on canvas. Sorry about the quality of this photo. I’m getting these paintings professionally photographed for CAP in November.

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new painting for august

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I started this painting a couple of weeks ago. It’s large and physically taxing. Mentally too. I’ve worked on paintings of this scale and larger. I don’t know why this one is being so difficult.

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square portraits } 22 to 26

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…a-tishoo, a-tishoo, we all fall down.

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your stories needed!

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Ladies, lend me your voices! As many of you know, I have an exhibition coming up in January, and for this I would like your stories. These stories will be played audibly as a ‘soundtrack’ to the exhibition, so please don’t send anything you feel uncomfortable about sharing. I won’t be editing or censoring anything. All you have to do is record yourself talking and send it to my email address: galkandari@gmail.com.

I recently put together three little videos to demonstrate what I’m looking for. Basically, it’s anything that comes to your mind. I want to thank these ladies for sending me their voices:

Guidelines:

Your recordings should be in Wav/MP3/MP4 format (this may be the default setting on devices, I don’t know). I have received some Quicktime files, those don’t work. 

Length should be between a few seconds and ten minutes, although ideally one or two minutes should do.

Content can be anything you like. You can tell me a childhood story, share your musings, or maybe read a poem you like or one you’ve written. I love to hear ghost stories. The possibilities are many.

Stories can be in any language you like. I’ve received both English and Arabic files but would also love to hear from my Chinese, Swedish, Russian, Welsh, Japanese, Norwegian, French friends, to name a few. And you can be anywhere in the world to submit it.

My male friends, if you feel there’s a woman inside you wanting to express herself, feel free to send me a recording.

Please let me know if you want to remain anonymous as I do intend to credit my Eve ‘sisters’.

Deadline is December 31, 2016.

Please spread the word! Ask your mom, best friend, sister, daughter, grandma, aunty…the more stories the richer this project will be.

*Thank you, Zainab, for being so patient with me and these Eves! And for taking the photos x Read More

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