One can liken the San Francisco–educated painter Hiba Kalache’s poetic compositions to the contradictory nature of life itself: Where there is beauty, there is pain. In her abstract paintings, Kalache applies a soft palette as a background, passionately covered with bursts of color and thickly contoured scribbles, almost acting as open, fresh wounds.
Looking closely, there are visual hints of floral and erotic elements, evoking an atmosphere of violence, tension, and a glimmer of delicateness, where everything seems to coexist. The more one looks, the more one discovers intriguing details. Influenced by her geographical and sociopolitical surroundings, she claims her work to be autobiographical, reflecting occurrences of everyday life and how a human endures trauma.