"Ramya Khatifah: A Hold Up Between Opposing Sides" is a captivating artwork that explores the tension between expression and execution. With its striking monochromatic color scheme and sensitive gradations of impression, this piece invites the viewer to consider the complex relationship between form and meaning.
At the heart of the work are poems by Ibi Abdil Birr Al Qurtobi, a towering figure in Arabic literature. These poems, drawn from Al Qurtobi's "Bahjat Al Majahis," offer a powerful critique of the unjust state of the world and a warning to those who would seek to perpetuate it. They remind us that there is a higher power, an absolute owner and judge, who will hold accountable all those who seek to do harm.
Measuring 150cm x 120cm and crafted from acrylic on paper mounted on canvas, "Ramya Khatifah: A Hold Up Between Opposing Sides" is a thought-provoking and memorable artwork. Originally created in 2003, it was sold at auction to a private collector, where it continues to inspire and challenge viewers to reflect on the complexities of the human experience.
Here is an example poem by Ibi Abdil Birr Al Qurtobi:
The world is a broken place
Where justice is hard to find
Where the powerful prey on the weak
And the innocent suffer
But do not despair
For there is a higher power
Who will bring judgement to all
In the end, we will see justice done
And here is another example poem exploring the tension between expression and execution:
The pen is mightier than the sword
But words are only as powerful as the actions they inspire
For it is in the execution of our ideals
That we truly make our mark on the world
So let us strive to put our words into action
And make a difference in the lives of others.
This breathtaking piece by Ali Omar Ermes showcases the versatility and depth of the Arabic language through the use of a single stroke technique. Through this technique, Ermes is able to convey a range of emotions and expressions that range from the simplest and most direct to the most complex and nuanced.