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14aprallday13mayAsmaa Elnawawy | Mythology

Ashtar ( عشتار )- Acrylic on canvas - 70x100 cm - 2017


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We are delighted to announce the opening of the first Solo Exhibition by talented young Artist ASMAA ELNAWAWY (b.1981) Titled : MYTHOLOGY, featuring her latest Neo Realism paintings inspired by Egyptian mythology such ‘Paper dolls & white Magic’, life, and nature, in a divine composition that motivated her strong and sincere blend of colors that enriches the expressionism of her innovations.

Artist Statement | The Mythology of paper dolls & their white Magic.

Paper Dolls are used in one of our Egyptians traditional spiritual ceremonies and practices, related to ancient beliefs. It’s more like white magic. The paper doll purpose was to prevent the envy eyes. When I searched for the symbolic meaning of the paper doll in Egyptian society; I found that it refer to continuity of life. These group of paintings are based on the cumulatively symbols idea, where the paintings consist a group of symbols. In order to solve the mystery of every painting you need to know the meaning of each symbol and ornament.

In each painting there is a group of figures interacting with the Paper dolls, and surrounded with number of symbols and ornaments. One of these symbols is the wild bird, which belong to the Persian Islamic culture. These wild birds are symbol of the difficulties human beings face in life. The plant ornament is another symbol can be found in the paintings. They refer to all the people and things which look appealing, but they are harmful. That is because this plant ornament, which also belongs to the Persian culture, is a harmful plant. The last symbol can be found in the paintings is the maze, which is a symbol of life. In my opinion, life is more or less like a maze. It seems difficult to face all its challenges without losing hope, but finding a purpose for your life would help you in achieving a reason to live. So finally, so guarding your old paper doll can be a purpose of living.

Courtesy of  Al Masar Gallery


April 14 (Sunday) - May 13 (Monday)


Al Masar Gallery

Baehler’s Mansion 157 b. 26 July St., Ground Floor, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt

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Robert Barry, Untitled, 1987. Acrylic on canvas, 137 x 137 cm.