Alymamah Rashed: When My Heart Danced Near Your Mirage

11 October 2022 - 5 January 2023
  • A candid conversation with Kuwaiti surrealist Alymamah Rashed in her studio. Alymamah opens up about her influences - from spirituality to regional botanicals - and her everyday world.
  • When my Heart Danced Near Your Mirage is a solo exhibition of Kuwaiti painter, Alymamah Rashed presented at Tabari Artspace Gallery.
     
    Selected works in watercolour on paper and oil on linen and cotton canvas celebrate the connectivity that the artist perceives between human and natural life cycles, romance, spirituality and that which she encounters on a daily basis. 

    While some perceive the desert as a symbol of desolation and emptiness, for Rashed the deserts of the Gulf present an environment abundant with life and fuelled with romanticism, a perception which filters into these works. Created in continuum, selected works for the exhibition at Tabari Artspace see the artist reflect on the notion of the mirage, a fantasy that presents itself to those treading tirelessly through the desert and an illusion established from the artist’s mind’s eye that embodies human feelings of yearning, love and conflict. 
     
    Rashed intends that the viewer should have varied and dynamic opportunities for engagement with her output as such she has manipulated scale. Monumental  9 x 12m works come into dialogue with smaller 3 and 4-meter pieces, diptychs as well as triptychs.
    • Alymamah Rashed, Let My Tongue Hold Your Wilted Blooms (My Love for You Grows) -­‐ Diptych, 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Let My Tongue Hold Your Wilted Blooms (My Love for You Grows) -­‐ Diptych, 2022
    • Alymamah Rashed, Hold my fronds and talk to flesh in whispers , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Hold my fronds and talk to flesh in whispers , 2022
    • Alymamah Rashed, Can Your Mirage Become My Savior? (I Long for You) I , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Can Your Mirage Become My Savior? (I Long for You) I , 2022
    • Alymamah Rashed, I Bend Like A Forgotten Palm (My Shade Will Hug Your Wishes) , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, I Bend Like A Forgotten Palm (My Shade Will Hug Your Wishes) , 2022
    • Alymamah Rashed, Good Things Come in Twos (You and I), 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Good Things Come in Twos (You and I), 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, My Soul Blooms in Your Troubled Tides , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, My Soul Blooms in Your Troubled Tides , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, I Will Twist and Turn The Shape of Me to Kiss Your Waters (Hold Me Closer), 2020
      Alymamah Rashed, I Will Twist and Turn The Shape of Me to Kiss Your Waters (Hold Me Closer), 2020 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, Do Not Search for Me Above Your Skies (I Hang My Past Love in Your Sedra) , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Do Not Search for Me Above Your Skies (I Hang My Past Love in Your Sedra) , 2022 Sold
  • “My palms s̶w̶a̶y̶ will s̶h̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e love the essence of your y̶e̶s̶t̶e̶r̶d̶a̶y̶s̶ tomorrows.” 
     
    Alymamah Rashed
  • When my Heart Danced Near Your Mirage Dream-like figures, often in embrace, embark upon a non-linear expedition through the desert...
    When my Heart Danced Near Your Mirage

    Dream-like figures, often in embrace, embark upon a non-linear expedition through the desert negotiating its sands, wadis and wild blooms such as the majnoona, a flower that grows rapidly and thrives no matter where it takes root. The artist considers flowers to be an extension of the soul and of one’s spirituality.  She has rendered these poetic works with concrete textures and a vibrant palette. Subtle icons and motifs are interwoven in these works and make reference to the artist’s inner realm. The incorporation of the peach is, for example, a tribute to the artist’s father who would offer her fresh fruit to nourish her during long days spent painting in her studio. Eyes are also always present in Rashed’s work, sometimes blushing, sometimes confrontational, sometimes washed out and erased from memory. For Rashed, the eyes signify the gaze in various timescapes. 
     
    • Alymamah Rashed, Drink Me Down to Let Me Grow (Turn Over the Flesh of My Earth), 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Drink Me Down to Let Me Grow (Turn Over the Flesh of My Earth), 2022
    • Alymamah Rashed, Jump Into My Waters to Kiss my Petals (One by One) , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Jump Into My Waters to Kiss my Petals (One by One) , 2022
    • Alymamah Rashed, I Swim Deep Between Your Light and the Thought of Me , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, I Swim Deep Between Your Light and the Thought of Me , 2022
    • Alymamah Rashed, I Submerged from the root of love (Palm Child) , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, I Submerged from the root of love (Palm Child) , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, Wrap Me Up Within You to Leave Your Thorns Behind (Majnoona Fe Hubik) , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Wrap Me Up Within You to Leave Your Thorns Behind (Majnoona Fe Hubik) , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, Move Endlessly to Let Your Sky Bloom (Your Love Grows Through Me) , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Move Endlessly to Let Your Sky Bloom (Your Love Grows Through Me) , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, Can Your Mirage Become My Savior? (I Long for You) IIII , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Can Your Mirage Become My Savior? (I Long for You) IIII , 2022
    • Alymamah Rashed, Can Your Mirage Become My Savior? (I Long for You) II , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Can Your Mirage Become My Savior? (I Long for You) II , 2022
    • Alymamah Rashed, Can Your Mirage Become My Savior? (I Long for You) III , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Can Your Mirage Become My Savior? (I Long for You) III , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, Can You Let the Imprint of my Fronds Grow Within , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Can You Let the Imprint of my Fronds Grow Within , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, I Dive Within My Spirit to Drown in Your Seas (I Am the Lover) , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, I Dive Within My Spirit to Drown in Your Seas (I Am the Lover) , 2022
    • Alymamah Rashed, Will These Soft Eyes of Mine Touch the Shape of Your Red Fronds? -­‐ Diptych , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Will These Soft Eyes of Mine Touch the Shape of Your Red Fronds? -­‐ Diptych , 2022
    • Alymamah Rashed, You Will Find My Tides Underneath Your Sand Grains (I Am Here To Hold You), 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, You Will Find My Tides Underneath Your Sand Grains (I Am Here To Hold You), 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, My Love Moves Around Your Sky (My Fronds Want to Marry The Flesh of Your Yesterday) , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, My Love Moves Around Your Sky (My Fronds Want to Marry The Flesh of Your Yesterday) , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, I Will Dance Above My 7th Sky to Bloom in Another Lifetime (For Myself) , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, I Will Dance Above My 7th Sky to Bloom in Another Lifetime (For Myself) , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, I Swim Deep Between Your Waters and Skin (Above and Below, You Stand) , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, I Swim Deep Between Your Waters and Skin (Above and Below, You Stand) , 2022
    • Alymamah Rashed, I Will Hold Your Grave to Make You Live Forever (Will You Let Me?) , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, I Will Hold Your Grave to Make You Live Forever (Will You Let Me?) , 2022
    • Alymamah Rashed, A thousand Petals Caress my Love for You (I Stand Alone) , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, A thousand Petals Caress my Love for You (I Stand Alone) , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, Will You Hold the Mirage of my Nocturnal Nights? , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Will You Hold the Mirage of my Nocturnal Nights? , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, How Would You Want my Light to Kiss You? (Let go) , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, How Would You Want my Light to Kiss You? (Let go) , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, Forgotten Petals III , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Forgotten Petals III , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, Forgotten Petals IIII , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Forgotten Petals IIII , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, Forgotten Petals II , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Forgotten Petals II , 2022 Sold
    • Alymamah Rashed, Forgotten Petals I , 2022
      Alymamah Rashed, Forgotten Petals I , 2022 Sold
  • About Alymamah Rashed
    About Alymamah Rashed

    B.1994

     

    Visual artist Alymamah Rashed's surrealist paintings investigate the discourse of her own body as a Muslima Cyborg of the post-internet generation; fluctuating between the east and the west. 

     

    Rashed's notion of the Muslima Cyborg unites the fleshed body, the thobe, and a combination of the two which comes to form a third space - the one that she emits onto her canvas. Rashed engages with the cyborg not as a mechanical object but in the sense of spiritual intelligence, as a motor, or a form of technology, as opposed to artificial intelligence or programming. Referencing late Algerian modernist pioneer Baya Mahieddine's idiosyncratic form of autobiographical portraiture, her art negotiates her female subjectivity, regional folklore and the every day banal objects that Rashed encounters as well as the rapid social shifts that she has witnessed such as the rapid industrialisation of the Gulf region. 

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