11.11.12 Upcoming series “An-Noor,” or "The Light," in Arabic, is a series of portraits of Muslim women. Like Technicolor Muslimah, the perspective is humanist.
Using prismatic colors and the convention of the "halo" or "gloriole" often found in religious imagery, the subjects are portrayed as dynamic, heroic, and feminine. They are alight, ablaze,
with beauty and strength. Their postures are often inspired by images and icons from throughout art history, including Superman, the Virgin Mary, Napoleon, and Rosie the Riveter.
"Smiling Faces" Benefit
I recently donated a painting to the Furlow Fund's 2nd Annual "Smiling Faces" Benefit.
About the Event:
A fund raising dinner for the Palestinian Cleft Society sponsored by the Furlow Fund at the UNC Medical Foundation. The Palestinian Cleft Society was founded in 2007 to provide free care for Palestinian children with cleft lip and palate, and other congenital craniofacial anomalies. The Cleft Society is made up of Palestinian surgeons, speech therapists, dentists, orthodontists, geneticists, and pediatricians, as well as foreign cleft practitioners who have provided support to the Palestinian practitioners. To date, the Palestinian Cleft Society, in conjunction with the Furlow Fund, has provided free surgery and services to over 900 Palestinian children with craniofacial anomalies.
The Furlow Fund was founded in 2008 and is named after Dr. Leonard Furlow, an internationally recognized craniofacial surgeon, who trained in Plastic Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. All of the money raised will be used to provide free surgery for Palestinian children with craniofacial problems; this includes paying for surgical equipment and supplies, medicines, and feeding bottles, for the UNC-sponsored biannual surgical trips; the money will also provide resources for Palestinian practicioners to further their training.
Tickets for students: $15
Tickets for adults: $25
To purchase tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/Sgy75B
"Humanism on Canvas"
9.24.12 Check out this write-up on my art in the online magazine Au Courant! The magazine highlights people and events in the local arts community.
"As soon as I heard about the show,Technicolor Muslimah, I just had to go see it."
The Girls are Back in Durham!
The Technicolor Muslimahs are back in Durham for Third Friday! Come see them at the Golden Belt studios in Room 100, opening on Friday August 17th! I'll be there from 6 - 9pm for the opening reception. The show will be up through September 23rd.
Durham, NC 27701
Technicolor Muslimah in Raleigh, NC
Technicolor Muslimah at Beehive Studios!
Also included in this exhibit, a sneak peak into the upcoming series "An-Noor" - more info to come!
WUNC Interview with Saba Barnard
Here is a link to the WUNC interview about Technicolor Muslimah:
COOL NEWS and CLOSING RECEPTION
Listen in to WUNC (91.5 FM) at lunchtime tomorrow (12pm, Friday March 30th) for a live interview with Saba about the Technicolor Muslimah series.
There will be a CLOSING RECEPTION at the Carrack on Friday, March 30th @ 6:00 pm.
See information below for the address and gallery hours! The show will be up through 5pm on Saturday.
ALSO, check out these links!
"Muslim Girls Wanna Have Fun" in the Durham Magazine
FIRST SHOW - Technicolor Muslimah
1.16.12 - Technicolor Muslimah will be showing for the first time at the Carrack Modern Art in downtown Durham (http://thecarrack.org) on March 23rd - 31st.
Prints of the artwork will be available for sale!
The opening reception will be:
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
@ 6:00 pm
111 West Parrish Street
Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 - 6 pm
Saturdays, 2 - 5 pm
About the Show:
Modern treatment of Muslim subject matter in art and media is closely tied to the political and religious controversy that seems to be pervasive in these “exotic” countries of the East.
While much of the conflict is real, oftentimes, visual media and “Muslim art” do nothing to lessen the perception of the Muslim world as exotic, “other,” and entirely homogenous. Truly,
much art and writing relies on the juxtaposition of the traditional and the taboo within Islam - the East in exact opposition to the West.
This portrayal is a farce. There is a massive community of Muslims who live in these Western countries who are not antithetical to “the West.” This community is made up of individuals, each with their own unique mosaic of culture and experiences. To some extent, however, I believe that the Muslim communities themselves absorb some of these feelings of “otherness” and cling to them. On each side, there is a tendency to clothe ourselves in our differences. While these cloaks may protect us from the unknown, they also prevent us from achieving true connection.
The conflicts overseas are real, and have become even more so during the pivotal Arab Spring. A yet unheard Muslim voice is yelling out for freedom from dictatorships, in favor of democracy. It is a young voice, a voice organized through Facebook, with global support. Through the open forum of the internet, I am hearing Muslim voices I did not know existed. Gay Muslims have come out of hiding, a popular blog is titled Mybestfriendismuslim.com, where non-Muslims describe their unique and loving relationship with a Muslim. I read about a Pakistani punk movement, written by Muslim women bloggers at Muslimah Media Watch. And Muslim feminists abound - easily consolidating their piety and their strength as women. Truly, the two are interwoven.
Islam is not a tiny box. It is not one-dimensional, and neither are the people who practice the religion. That such a simplistic perception of these peoples has persisted into our world today is unacceptable. There is a place for everyone in this country, yet these people have continued to be not only vilified, but homogenized. As evidenced by the websites I described above (which is just the tip of the iceberg), I believe that this perception is beginning to change.
I have created a series of twelve portraits of Muslim women in acrylic paint. The canvases are a uniform 18” x 18,” and the women are rendered in bright colors, which, in itself, is a departure from how Muslim women are often portrayed. I chose women because I believe that they are often the most clear representatives of the Muslim world, and the most misunderstood. This series focuses on aspects of these women that need to be explored - their humor, their joy, and their kindness. Each woman is identified as Muslim by her headscarf. This visual symbol is truly the only suggestion of her religion, because my perspective here is humanist. In addition, eleven of the paintings are presented with props to further support the theme of humor, or to identify the subjects as American, as well as Muslim. While there is a clear theme unifying these paintings, the individuality of each woman shines through. My aim was for Muslim women to see these paintings, and see themselves.
The twelfth portrait is a bit of a departure from the rest of the group. The subject faces the viewer directly, with an assertive gaze. Her strength is apparent, but muted. This portrait is especially important, because it indicates that the story is not over. This joyful portrayal of Muslim women is only one aspect amongst the kaleidoscope of qualities that these women possess. She is the blank slate. She is asking the viewer, “So what do you think of me, now?” She anchors the series, and asks the viewers to look back upon themselves.
Even in this age of instant information, we have a tendency to see a woman wearing a headscarf, and imagine a patriarch forcing that veil upon her. We have an obsession with that piece of cloth and all that we think it represents. The assumption is that these women are being oppressed, that they are imprisoned within layers of cloth. This closed-minded perspective imprisons far too many. Those who fall prey to this misconception are unfortunately drawing a veil over their own eyes, preventing themselves from seeing how dynamic these women truly are. The headscarf truly recedes into the background in these paintings, and the vibrant women within them shine through - in technicolor.
I want to help expand the Western vocabulary concerning Muslims, with an emphasis on Muslim women. I want to combat the narrow-minded perception of Muslims not by criticizing anyone’s ignorance, but by providing a more expansive definition of what it means to be Muslim.
5.31.11 - LOTS of new paintings coming soon!! New subject matter, same bright colors!
10.14.10 - Recently I participated in a 3-hour live painting competition with two other artists. The event, titled, Art of the Slam, also included a poetry competition and was held at the Duke Coffeehouse.
This was the painting that I completed during the competition, and that won me first place! The painting is titled "Hell is a Party."
11.15.09 - Three of my paintings will be included in the 55th Annual DAG Juried Show! The juror is Maria Magdalena Compos-Pons.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Where: Durham Arts Council Building
120 MORRIS ST., DURHAM, NC
When: 11/20/2009 - 01/22/2010
Monday - Saturday 9 am - 9 pm, Sunday 1 - 5 pm
10.01.09 - THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to the Broad Street Cafe to see my first art show!
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