About This Artwork
This series is inspired by the poetry of the well known Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish (d. 2008). Verses of his poetry compliment the drawings. Darwish was an iconic figure and inspired many artists to create paintings and artists’ books.
The verses is this drawing are from 'The poem of the land'.
“I am the land and the land is you
This is my song
And this is the emergence of Jesus from the wound
And the wind is green like grass covering the nails and my chains
And this is the ascendance of the Arab boy to the dream and Jerusalem…”
Extract translated by Atef Alshaer.