Four Doha-based contemporary artists reveal the unique ways they develop their stunning series of art pieces at the fourth instalment of “Process” exhibition Al Markhiya Gallery launched yesterday at Katara Art Centre.
The exhibition features collections created by Ahmed Nouh, Alanoud Ahmed Al Buainain, Hassan Manasrah, and Rim Albahrani.
At the core of Al Buainain’s artistic practice is a passion to send a strong message on taking care of the environment reflected in her project in which she finds ways on how to repurpose and transform plastic bottles into spectacular art pieces.
“This idea arose after witnessing discarded wastes, mainly single-use plastic in land and sea areas,” she said.
Looking into the bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the artist explored the material, colour, transparency and light through and digital imaging as well as video and installation, now on display at the exhibition. The artworks take the form of multi-coloured flowers in various mediums.
“The flowers created from recycled PET bottles symbolize the environmental impacts of artificial materials being embedded into nature,” she said.
Albahrani, on the other hand, explores the idea of home, belonging and identity in a series of monochrome paintings.
The subject of emigration, immigration, displacement and movement from place to place is poignantly expressed by the artist depicting a series of black-and-white paintings of individual and group of houses.
Inspired by the well-known book of Arabic fables “Kalila and Demna”, Nouh has created a collection of mixed-media-on-canvas works depicting heroes from the literary masterpiece dating centuries back.
Award-winning artist Hassan Manasrah displays a series of portraits in his signature style created using various mediums including acrylic on canvas and lithograph, ink, and mixed media on paper.
The inaugural “Process” exhibition featured five inspiring artists, including Tunisian street artist Vajo, Qatari cartoonist and animation artist Abdulaziz Yousef, award-winning Syrian artist and designer Bachir Mohamad, and multidisciplinary Qatari artists and
designers Maryam Al Semaitt and Nawar Al Mutlaq. It was followed by artists Wadha Al Sulaiti, Jameela Al Ansari, Salem Mathkour, and Haitham Al Hamad. The third edition of the exhibition, featured Qatari artists Ahmed Al Jufairi, Fatima Mohammed, Muna Al Bader, and Mubarak Al Thani.
“Process, Part 4” is open for public viewing following COVID-19 safety protocols until May 21 from Saturday to Thursday, from 9am to 7pm at Katara Art Centre.