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Afeefa B Alam - "Minpin City"
Oil on Canvas
W: 600mm x H: 600mm x D: 30mm
Approx. Weight: 0.8kg
This work is unframed
About "Minpin City"
This piece was exhibited as part of the Roald Dhal Literary Exhibition and is inspired by him. In particular the work is based on a quote from his book "The Minpins"; page 25 "Our large trees are like your cities". The concept of small humanoid people living secretly among us has always fascinated me. To me the idea of blending in so well with nature that you become all but invisible is an enticing one. These communities are the epitome of going green. They leave no trace of their being around. Unlike us humans there are no trash heaps and oil spills. They find all they need from nature without corrupting or spoiling her and the animals are treated as friends and co-workers. For me the ultimate way to live. And yet in the end even if you have to leave all of those considerations aside; when you get right down to it; the idea of living in tree is and has always been downright magical!
About Afeefa B
Firstly my work celebrates the beauty that is constantly around us. It is homage to THE Creator; an appreciation for all that He has created. I encourage the viewer to "stop and stare" instead of rushing past in life's rat race. Secondly my work is an outlet for my own emotions; a psychological cleansing catharsis and mirror. The subject of any given work is multi- layerd. The moods and undercurrents represent my own internal preoccupations,anxieties and hopes; much of which I am unaware of until I've completed a piece and can see it reflected on the canvas. A common thread that runs through my work is my fascination with light. I love to explore the way it changes everything it touches and how the mood and atmosphere of a piece is totally reliant on the light.I am attracted to the natural world for subject matter, sky, sea, space, botanical flora and fungi amongst others. As a personal principal I refuse to accept that anything is impossible nor do I accept the limitations of human senses as being a definitive criteria for what exists and what doesn't! I like exploring the possibilities of "what ifs" and alternate realities and timelines, painted realisticaly as if they do exist.
Exhibitions at Longstreet Art Lovers 1932 Gallery in Pretoria
Largely self taught
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