ATHR Gallery is pleased to feature Dana Awartani's solo booth at Abu Dhabi Art at
Focus section, Booth A16, curated by Dr. Omar Kholeif
Made specifically for this presentation, Awartani’s latest works on paper act as moments of pause and reflection within her practice. In contrast to her usual highly intricate paintings, this minimalist and monochromatic body of work reverts back to the source of her inspiration, Sufi mysticism. Awartani describes these paintings as acts of mediation and moments of contemplation as part of her daily rigour of being an artist, a method she frequently adopts to quiet the mind.
Created on handmade paper that recycles leftover fibres from textile mills, these paintings draw upon multiple facets of her work, most importantly the role of sacred geometry as a visual language. In this case, Awartani explores the symbolism of the circle as a source and expression of Tawhid, as all of her drawings begin and finish within a circle expressing the multiplicity within singularity. By choosing to revert back to the purity of the circle, she reflects on the simple act of conscious re-enactment as a form of introspection.
Works such as In Search of Silence, aim to expand beyond the formal limits of traditional miniature painting technique and explore new languages of expression, ones that are more fluid, spontaneous and unrestrained. In The Union of Fire and Water, which brings two different temporalities together, Awartani takes a playful approach by encouraging the viewers to actively participate in the layout of the paintings.
Dates: November 21 – 23, 2019
Time: 14:00 – 21:00 pm