Secretary Category

the morning i got my carbon light boxes back

Yesterday I finally got my Secretary carbon light boxes back from the Sultan Gallery, through no fault of theirs but mine, as it was I who was neglectful. So I thought, to give them their due TLC, I’d put them on display one more time before storing them indefinitely.

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secretary } opening night photos by mohammed alkandari

  Listen to Amazed by Poe Finally my brother Mohammed’s long-awaited photos from Secretary opening night. I love that he shoots in black and white, and when he shoots in color it’s always so vibrant. I can’t thank him enough for always being so supportive. Big hug.

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to be a secretary

When I was little, I used to love it when, in Egyptian movies, the heroine would receive a letter. I would scurry in my seat in anticipation of what would happen next. First she’d tear the envelope open, with passion, then she’d unfold the letter, with passion (the crinkle oh my GOD), and lastly she’d read the letter […]

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secretary } opening night photos by jenny casanova

Listen to Woe Be Gone by Ani DiFranco, off the Sombreve playlist: Apart from having the coolest name ever, Jenny Casanova took some really lively photos at the opening of Secretary. She was the lady with the red-cased mini-iPad standing in the corners taking candid shots.Thank you, Jenny, for sharing these with me.

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secretary } opening night photos by reem algharabali

Listen to Aventine by Agnes Obel, off the Sombreve playlist: Last night has finally come and sadly gone. I had been anticipating it since May, and for the last six months I have been working obsessively, compulsively, tirelessly to reach Secretary status. It was torturous creating drawings I was excited about without posting on either Instagram or […]

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secretary } loft965’s sombreve tonight

In August I was asked by Loft965‘s Nasser AlQatami to create an Eve for his September playlist. He explained it was an annual list which was traditionally broody and moody; a little like me, a little like Eve. Of course I said yes. He told me how his playlist titles were always portmanteaus so together we came up […]

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tuesday night, bring your appetites

Thank you, Mo, for working with me on this. My brother.

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new paintings } the centerfold II and III

After painting my first two Centerfolds, I decided that they would seem a little out of place in my upcoming exhibition. So I scrapped work on the third (and originally fourth) painting. Yesterday my dear friend Mai visited the gallery and asked me where they were. I told her that I felt they were superfluous and irrelevant. To […]

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secretary } let the preps begin!

Yesterday the crew at the Sultan Center and I began preparing for my exhibition next Tuesday. It’s a relief to begin but my brain is all over the place. There are so many details that I have to see to and still a few ideas that need to be tested out. I am taking a […]

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secretary } the kalamazoo stacks } 01-51

These are 51 of around 500 drawings I’ve done on this paper for my upcoming show secretary. The stationary is made specially for Mogahwi, my favorite suppliers at the moment. Not the store in the City but the one in old Salmiya. They have the most antiquated stationary there, I love it. I called this collection The Kalamazoo […]

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time to draw those little red circles around a date

This is it. It’s official and there’s no turning back. I know many of you can’t be here but never underestimate the power of good will. Wish me luck!

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in bazaar, on bazaar

A few weeks ago I asked the editor-in-chief/resident guru of Bazaar, Ahmed El Adly, if he could please, pretty please let me design the October cover of his magazine. After begging (and bribing him with cookies), he accepted. 

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and in the news today

I am so happy with this ledger I’ve been working on for my upcoming exhibition that I couldn’t resist sharing a few pictures with you tonight. Details about the exhibition are soon to come! Just a quickie, I did these by firstly using decopatch glue to transfer the newsprint onto the paper, and afterwards using carbon paper […]

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new ‘painting’ } the centerfold I

The closest thing I’ve ever come to feeling in love without being in love is this. I’m excited, giddy, nervous and I’m laughing out loud because I’m happy. I wasn’t sure where I was going with this one but I think it’s finally worked and I’ll use it for my upcoming exhibition. Which means I […]

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carbon imprints } future exhibition residue

I’ve been working with carbon paper for years now and still find it fascinating. Here I’m sharing some of my latest scraps, including several that I’ve inverted just for fun. Listen here to Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Kiss Them For Me.

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