free expression

August 26, 2020

There are artists whose creativity knows no bounds. They can’t be confined to a single medium. They’re courageous, versatile and voraciously curious. The Lebanese artist,  Etel Adnan leaps to mind. At 95, she writes poetry, novels and plays, creates paintings, ceramics and large scale tapestries, and is busier than ever. “Once things leave my files,” said Adnan in the Paris Review “I never know where they are, and don’t think about them anymore, otherwise you lose your mind.” Colour is central to her art, and is what lead me to her work to begin with. Le Poids du Monde, “the weight of the world,” stopped me in my tracks. “I didn’t need to use words, but colours and lines. I didn’t need to belong to a language oriented culture but to an open form of expression.”

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