Exhibited at Tabari Artspace Dubai-based gallery, Shadow Work was a solo exhibition of Saudi Arabian abstract painter, Nasser Almulhim.
Almulhim approached painting as a mode of healing from mental trauma in his youth. Embarking upon a journey to heal the mind, Almulhim explored and drew from various schools of thought that spanned Eastern mysticism and spiritual practices - from Sufism to Buddhism -, as well as western philosophies and approaches to psychoanalysis, particularly the Jungian approach.
Almulhim mined the perspectives of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, specifically his reflections on Shadow Work. In The Philosophical Tree (1945), Jung asserted that: 'One did not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.'