Originating in the middle ages and ancient Greek Roman art, a still life or a ‘nature morte’ is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter…
In this latest body of works, the literal dualism between the so called ‘still life’ and the ‘nature morte’ is reinterpreted in order to raise few questions:
First, when does a life stop being still and becomes ‘morte’ as dead?
Secondly, where is the thin red line between the two?
The genre is expanded beyond the boundaries of a frame.
The still life becomes a vehicle for explorations in order to reveal both the physical structure and the emotional subtext of our contemporary society.
Both bouquets and sitting sculptures are rendered as stagnating life forms containing a social allegorical symbolism relating to an actual Lebanese situation. When the society is resigned to sit and wait, when they let go of their freedom of choice and their will to act, don’t they take the highest form of life and relegate it to the very lowest order of life form? A lifeless life form?