Alymamah Rashed Solo Exhibition

  • “Body” Al-Jism ( :(جسم A body lays in between the remembrance of you and I. A body lays in between...

    “Body”
    Al-Jism ( :(جسم
    A body lays in between the remembrance of you and I.
    A body lays in between a heavy soul and a fleeting presence.
    A body lays in between thought and desire.
    A body lays in between my thob and my skin.
    My body lays in between my bodies.

  • Alymamah Rashed Poetry Collection

    As part of her practice, Rashed produces poetry which will be displayed in unison with her paintings. Here we share a selected preview of her meditations on the body taken from her poetry journal.

  • Visual artist Alymamah Rashed’s gestural, surrealist paintings harness self-portraiture to investigate the complexities of identity in the post-internet generation. Rashed understands herself as a multifaceted being, the various elements that comprise her persona flow out into the different realms that she emits onto her canvas: the earth-bound (the mind and the fleshed body), the spiritual (the thobe), and a combination of the two which come to form a third space. Spirituality, specifically the notion of spiritual intelligence, has been a central tenet of Rashed’s existence, yet she understands spirituality as universal; the act of prayer is engaged with across faiths and cultures. Observing the body as a capsule of movement, through the process of prayer Rashed can transcend as she witnesses her physical and spiritual worlds conflate.

     

    Like a cyborg whose physical abilities are extended beyond fixed human limitations, her figures are replicas of her own body. Invested with the power to transition, they appear magically from different timescapes, in multiple states. For Rashed, the body is a site of action, a dictator of gravity that is always in relation to an object, a space, or perhaps, another body. It learns what to reveal and conceal. The body moves and eventually orients itself according to the gravity of the space in which it breathes within. External and internal worlds unite through Rashed’s choice of colour which is typically rooted in a present sensation or immediate encounter. It is instinctive and based on a dominant emotion or a colour that she encounters in her everyday existence such as a cerulean blue school gate. When painting she attempts to envision the colour of Barzakh (a space that lays between life itself and the afterlife; a space of liminality). Rashed seeks to investigate Barzakh through colour in order to expand the spatiality or perhaps the typology in which her figures exist, and that is within the liminal. Rashed accentuates the colour and the scale of her objects, elevating their status, vibrancy and placement in order to emit their livelihood.

     

    Referencing late Algerian modernist pioneer Baya Mahieddine's colour-fuelled, idiosyncratic form of autobiographical portraiture, her large-scale works negotiate her female subjectivity. Rashed draws from regional folklore and the rapid social shifts that she has witnessed such as the modernisation and industrialisation of the Gulf region, she negotiates readings of Islamic philosophy and poetry, and ornamentation and the every day banal objects that she encounters. The artist is inspired by the likes of Francis Bacon, Chris Ofili and the ornamentation of Matisse. Rashed’s internal world manifests in her art through icons absorbed from myriad sources including regional typographic, Persian and Afghani visual icons, Sufi poetry, philosophy and theology responding to both Plato and Muslim scholars, such as Suhrawardi, Ghazali. Her father, an academic and humanitarian and her mother, an economist with an affinity for art, design and culture, have also come to inform the artist’s multifaceted world which she dutifully relays through her art.

     

    As part of her practice Rashed produces poetry which will be displayed in unison with her paintings. Here we share a a selected preview on her meditations on the body taken from her poetry journal.

     

     

  • Watercolour on Paper

    • Alymamah Rashed, I Keep You Close To Me When I Don’t Want To (Ayan Kan Al Amr) , 2020
      Alymamah Rashed, I Keep You Close To Me When I Don’t Want To (Ayan Kan Al Amr) , 2020
      $ 850.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, I Dream About My Shelter (Without You Me) , 2020
      Alymamah Rashed, I Dream About My Shelter (Without You Me) , 2020
      $ 850.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, You See My Light (Know That I Am You) , 2020
      Alymamah Rashed, You See My Light (Know That I Am You) , 2020
      $ 850.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, Deep Liquid (You Will Find Us When Both of Your Eyes Are Open) , 2020
      Alymamah Rashed, Deep Liquid (You Will Find Us When Both of Your Eyes Are Open) , 2020
      $ 850.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, Come Closer To Recollect Traces of You , 2020
      Alymamah Rashed, Come Closer To Recollect Traces of You , 2020
      $ 850.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, My Eyes Will Listen to Your Forgotten Promises, 2020
      Alymamah Rashed, My Eyes Will Listen to Your Forgotten Promises, 2020
      $ 1,800.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, We’re Not Traitors, We’re Not Transients, 2020
      Alymamah Rashed, We’re Not Traitors, We’re Not Transients, 2020
      $ 850.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, Don’t Leave Me Under Your Buried Light, 2019
      Alymamah Rashed, Don’t Leave Me Under Your Buried Light, 2019
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    • Alymamah Rashed, Think of Me When My Name Dances Around Your Halo, 2019
      Alymamah Rashed, Think of Me When My Name Dances Around Your Halo, 2019
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    • Alymamah Rashed, Without You Tonight, 2019
      Alymamah Rashed, Without You Tonight, 2019
      $ 850.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, You Turned Over My Earth to Collect Your Heaven (Your Love Can’t Contain Me), 2020
      Alymamah Rashed, You Turned Over My Earth to Collect Your Heaven (Your Love Can’t Contain Me), 2020
      $ 7,000.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, I Have Been There Many Times Before ( I Burn Outside of my Womb) , 2020
      Alymamah Rashed, I Have Been There Many Times Before ( I Burn Outside of my Womb) , 2020
      $ 6,500.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, When I Collected Your Scattered Love (Ripple in Water), 2020
      Alymamah Rashed, When I Collected Your Scattered Love (Ripple in Water), 2020
      $ 6,500.00
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  • Oil on canvas

    • Alymamah Rashed, I pour myself endlessly behind your eyes ( a place you cannot see), 2021
      Alymamah Rashed, I pour myself endlessly behind your eyes ( a place you cannot see), 2021
      $ 5,500.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, I Am Your Lover (my body is flowing out of spirit) , 2018
      Alymamah Rashed, I Am Your Lover (my body is flowing out of spirit) , 2018
      $ 1,000.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, Hikmat Al Eshraq/The Philosophy of Illumination/ ةمكح قﻕاﺍرشلإاﺍ, 2018
      Alymamah Rashed, Hikmat Al Eshraq/The Philosophy of Illumination/ ةمكح قﻕاﺍرشلإاﺍ, 2018
      $ 6,500.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, I Do Not Repeat Myself (I Forget Because I Repeat), 2018
      Alymamah Rashed, I Do Not Repeat Myself (I Forget Because I Repeat), 2018
      $ 5,500.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, Arak Kul Yawm Li’anak Tahwa Ma Katalt / I See You Everyday Because You Have Adored What You Killed , 2019
      Alymamah Rashed, Arak Kul Yawm Li’anak Tahwa Ma Katalt / I See You Everyday Because You Have Adored What You Killed , 2019
      $ 6,500.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, Al Arsh II, 2020
      Alymamah Rashed, Al Arsh II, 2020
      $ 4,000.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, I Caress My Ayn Every Now and Then, 2020
      Alymamah Rashed, I Caress My Ayn Every Now and Then, 2020
      $ 6,500.00
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    • Alymamah Rashed, Prayer and the pink carnation ( I bloom for you), 2021
      Alymamah Rashed, Prayer and the pink carnation ( I bloom for you), 2021
      $ 7,000.00
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  • Referencing late Algerian modernist pioneer Baya Mahieddine's colour-fuelled, idiosyncratic form of autobiographical portraiture, her large-scale works negotiate her female subjectivity....

    Referencing late Algerian modernist pioneer Baya Mahieddine's colour-fuelled, idiosyncratic form of autobiographical portraiture, her large-scale works negotiate her female subjectivity. Rashed draws from regional folklore and the rapid social shifts that she has witnessed such as the modernisation and industrialisation of the Gulf region, she negotiates readings of Islamic philosophy and poetry, and ornamentation and the every day banal objects that she encounters. The artist is inspired by the likes of Francis Bacon, Chris Ofili and the ornamentation of Matisse. Rashed’s internal world manifests in her art through icons absorbed from myriad sources including regional typographic, Persian and Afghani visual icons, Sufi poetry, philosophy and theology responding to both Plato and Muslim scholars, such as Suhrawardi, Ghazali. Her father, an academic and humanitarian and her mother, an economist with an affinity for art, design and culture, have also come to inform the artist’s multifaceted world which she dutifully relays through her art.