Distanced (Not Separate)
mixed media on paper
55 x 55 cm
signed on the reverse
Pencil, mineral pigments, linen thread and gold on paper. Circular khadi paper of diameter 55 cm. This piece was inspired by and made while under lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic, though it can also be read on other levels independent of specific events. The grid, which would normally be hidden, holds all the elements together and in relationship, no matter how distant they seem from each other. Nothing is adrift. All is in fact one. The pigments used were those the artist had on hand while quarantined, as she was researching inks and paints in the Abbasid-era Middle-East: cinnabar, red lead, orpiment. The rose colour (cinnabar + lead white) and purple (cinnabar + lake dye) were prepared according to the medieval recipes she was reconstructing.

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ABOUT Joumana Medlej
Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1979, Joumana Medlej currently resides and works in London. Trained as a graphic designer, and experienced in print and multimedia, she was always looking for more meaningful expressions of creativity. Through years of close collaboration with master calligrapher Samir Sayegh, Medlej studied the essence of Kufic...
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