Firetti Contemporary
Sawsan Al Bahar
Graphite on paper
Medium: drawing
Artwork description

“I use the machine and the internet as tools of geo-mapping, reaching out to a more expansive context. My hand races the computer, insisting on making images that exist in the physical world, where the intangible characteristics of things can be felt. The resonance of that image expands, lengthens and stretches out beyond the walls of the actual space to an intimate past image, and to the memories from which each drawing stems. The self-portraits created from digital scans are the body diminished by uncertainty. As apparitions displaced from the digital to the physical, they hang as languid stationary figures of slumber and discomfort. The tensions in these digital imprints are, for me, not only of a state of displacement but of a darker psychological state; a new form of the melancholic self-portrait; and a portal into a world with no physical presence.” - Sawsan Al Bahar

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