Title: Florescent Yellow Cactus

Medium: Clay and acrylic

Dimention: 22 x 11 x 5 cm

Year: 2020

© Maisoon Al Saleh


The story behind the artwork: 


The 3 Phase Signal


Al Saleh’s latest series, showcased at her 4th solo exhibition titled “The 3 Phase Signal”, tells a story of tolerance and human connection through the symbolic use of sine waves. The artist disrupts the classical portrait composition by leaving her subjects’ faces blank, or replacing them with colorful visual effects. In some pieces, the background of the image, along with any further indication of location or cultural attributes is erased by the so-called mono-scope, or television test pattern. This ubiquitous motif is not only a quasi visual representation of the sine wave, but also an universal and internationally recognizable point of reference, known to all of us around the world. The people portrayed here are only characterized by their traditional or religious attire, while their human features are transformed into blank color fields, essentially derived from the mono-scope itself. As the combination of the various sine waves creates a harmonic bond, the artists seeks to emphasize the importance of deepening the connection between different nationalities and religions. Just like the colorful, ever changing, yet always familiar visual representation of the sine waves, our humanity behind all our cultural differences will always connect us.

Florescent Yellow Cactus

Color: Yellow
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