Jowhara AlSaud
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Knots
The inspiration for this series of portraits is the traditional Mashrabiya. A tooled wooden screen traditionally used to separate the private and public spaces in Islamic Architecture. The labor intensive process involves etching the surface of large format negatives by hand thereby applying/removing said “screen” directly to the portrait, calling into question both the idea of portraiture and photographic space. The works are an exploration of many things. They revel in the ‘in between’; photography and drawing, public and private space, representation and abstraction, obscuring and revealing. Weather they transcend or trespass, these are about the lines we draw, and the spaces in between.
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