This vibrant piece contains the verse from the learned philosopher-poet Abul Ala Al Ma’arri, in which he says:
“When I utter the implausible, I can shout it out loud without fear or favour, but when I speak of the truth I have to whisper”
Given the present state of affairs in the world at large, says Ermes, this observation finds a special resonance.
Original name (Arabic): طغراء
Original production date: 1993
Artwork Size: 150cm x 123cm
Materials: Acrylic and ink on paper, mounted on canvas
Location of Original: Private Collector
This piece is about the power of the single stroke technique which Ali Omar Ermes employs as a hallmark of a number of his works.
It explores the vast richness of the Arabic language and the magnitude of the depth of expression in Arabic with the simplest and most direct method or as complicated as you wish.