Fadwa Al Qasem
I Am what i art
Confessions. Art Journaling. Art. Writing. Poetry. Play. And everything life in between.
Because writing is like dancing and I really love dancing. And because pages from my art journal sing when I fill them with words, marks and color.
I tried to keep things separate.
The contradiction that is life.
I am happy, so happy on a personal, very micro-level. I am so sad and angry on the macro-level. Walking this precarious tightrope between suicidal anger and euphorical, delerious happiness.
This is the world I live in. Fully aware how lucky I am that the latter always wins.
لماذا أكتب؟ لأن الكتابة كالرقص وأنا أعشق الرقص. ولأن الورق يغني حين يعج بالحروف والألوان..أمشي السراط غير المستقيم الذي يربط فيما بين السعادة التي هي حياتي الشخصية والتعاسة والبؤوس التي هي هذه الحياة.. وأعرف جيداً كم أنا محظوظة أن السعادة، في نهاية كل مطاف، هي التي تستقبلني
We reach this age; say 50 something. We think "Yay! I have age so I must have wisdom, too. There's nothing I don't know about."
We sit on our big fat ass and feel so very complacent and smug. We've spent half a century on this earth, but we believe it's more like five hundred centuries.
We know everything about everything there is to know. And if we don't, we have a story that will either explain it or shut you up because we are older than you and you should listen to us.
But how much we lose when we don't listen to people younger than us? I'm not talking simply technology here. The kind that makes us go silent when that little guy of ten asks us "What's gravity anyway?" And we just sit there.
We say nothing.
We look far into the distance - as if thinking, but what we're really thinking is that we have no clue.
Meanwhile, the little guy next to us pulls out his smart phone, googles "what does gravity really mean" and gets about 137,000,000 results in 0.54 seconds.
No. I'm not talking technology.
I'm talking of the wonderful young men and women who I've been meeting recently and who are opening my mind to seeing the world from a new perspective. Ten, fifteen, twenty years my junior, working on amazing projects. Giving me new insights. Exapnding on thoughts I may have entertained but stopped delving into.
They shake my status quos. Those things that I, despite all my efforts, have taken for granted.
They take me from an attitude of "they're still young, they'll learn soon enough" to an attitude of "teach me; I want to learn.".
They magically open paths least trodden right before my eyes, and I'm just hoping I'm still fit enough to follow in their footsteps.
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Fadwa Al Qasem
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