ZEIN DAOUK | THE THIRD KINGDOM
There is a feeling in this world, the pulse of eternal knowledge. When you sense the oneness, you are with us. We brought life to Earth. You can’t
There is a feeling in this world, the pulse of eternal knowledge.
When you sense the oneness, you are with us.
We brought life to Earth.
You can’t see us, but we flourish all around you. Everywhere, in everything, and even inside you… from
your first breath, to your last… in darkness, and in the light.
We are the oldest, and the youngest.
We are the largest, and the smallest.
We are the wisdom of a billion years.
We are creation.
We are resurrection.
We are condemnation and regeneration.
We are Fungi
Fantastic Fungi – Paul Stamets
Under every footstep that we take all over the planet lies a hidden Kingdom, a single interconnected realm ruled by the Mighty Mycelium. It is a world full of magic and mystery, an intertwined network that flourishes under the earth. This World Wood Web holds the power of nature’s bond to all living things.
It does not move but it is not Flora, it feeds on other organisms but it is not Fauna.
It is a Kingdom of its own: THE THIRD KINGDOM, and it bears fruit: beautiful FUNGI.
FUNGI come in a myriad of shapes and sizes and colours and species and lifestyles. They are a window into the hidden landscape under our feet: an ancient land of determined lifeforms, silent yet sentient.
They shape our world and hold the key to our future. Some save us, some threaten us and most we haven’t even met.
They are the true masters of survival.
They bring life,
They sustain life,
They transform life.
They are the changers.
They are the ecosystem communicators in a symbiotic pulse of infinite mindfulness.
Let them be seen… Let them be heard… Let them be celebrated.
Let them shift our consciousness towards a better tomorrow.
Having graduated with a degree in Architecture, Zein Daouk Jabr began her career in 1992 working on projects for the rebuilding of Beirut after the civil war. She later moved to interior design where her work involved a hand’s on approach to create bespoke furniture & architectural details. She worked with several designers such as Nada Debs, Pierre-Yves Rochon & BOKJA. Zein’s curiosity pushed her to hone her multidisciplinary design skills & she created children’s furniture as well as her own ladies’ accessories label. Her passion for ceramics began in 1999 & has been a constant in her life. She refined her skills under many ceramicists in Beirut & abroad. She participated in many exhibitions always focusing her work on a conceptual narrative that told a story & opened a pathway into the viewer’s imagination to explore new places & alternative notions.
Image caption: Zein Daouk, The Third Kingdom, cantharelus conchatus front.
Courtesy of Saleh Barakat Gallery
October 29 (Friday) - November 20 (Saturday)
The Upper Gallery - Saleh Barakat Gallery
Saleh Barakat Gallery, Ground floor, Clemenceau, Justinian Street, Beirut, Lebanon.