New Week::New Theme: Sticks & Stones
Egyptian artist, Moataz Nasr created this “sticks and stones” installation piece entitled: The Dome in 2011 at the Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Italy. Made with wood collected from the streets of Cairo, it sits on a foundation of crystals. He makes a very interesting combination of wood and stones by setting a “bunch” of one upon a “bunch” of the other, using them as part of his expression of light and dark.
From Artavita.com about Moataz and his art:
Showing complex cultural processes currently underway in the Islamic world, his work surpasses idiosyncrasies and geographical limits and voices the worries and torments of the African continent. … His work concerns Egypt with its traditions, people, colours, without ever slipping into the exoticism or creating distance. … In fact, Egypt is just a background, a territory inhabited by human beings whose fragility is universal, as are indifference, powerlessness and solitude, weaknesses inherent in human nature.
View more of Maotaz’s creations via his online gallery.
Inspiration For Today
Moataz’s Dome inspires us to embrace and expose both the light and dark of each of us. We tend to focus only on that which sheds light, which may be “agreeable” to the community at large. We hide our dark, shadow selves for fear of retribution and rejection little knowing that if we each presented our shadows we would probably see that they all share very similar qualities, making it easier for us to find common ground, tolerance, and acceptance. Bringing the light to the dark helps to make us whole, dimensional beings.
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