I have been asked to make an edition of prints as part of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition on the theme of Absence and Presence

The Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition is a printmakers response to the bombing attack of Al-Mutanabbi Street in 2007.

The car bomb attack was on a street of booksellers which is at the heart of Baghdad's creative quarter. The artist responses were initiated as a response to the tragic loss of life and the attack on a centre for the exchange of ideas.

My print is called 'The Loud Minority'. The subject of my print is the creative process; the power of the creative idea and free will that cannot be suppressed. Books hold all different kinds of knowledge. They tell us how other people live, their culture, the struggles that are faced at different times in history. There is no knowledge in isolation.

The top half of the image is the people; representing society in general and the notion of the everyday. I want to make the viewer feel tense and drawn in by the boldness of the image itself. Some have an organic, brain-like form inside them. This is the individuals opinion or free will.

The bottom half of the image is the creation of ideas and how communication and free thought are intrinsic to this process. The whole structure of the image is supported by ideas and is the basis for a free society. The curtain relates to the idea as the artist as the observer, seeing the world slightly removed from their own point of view. It is also a nod to Max Beckmann and his works about the ugliness and variety of life as he saw it; as theatre.

More information about the Al-Mutanabbi project be found here:

http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/mutanmain12.htm

http://www.al-mutanabbistreetstartshere-boston.com/

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/71dbef86-8cf7-11e3-ad57-00144feab7de.html#axzz2w7VaZqNW

I have been asked to make an edition of prints as part of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition on the theme of Absence and Presence

The Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition is a printmakers response to the bombing attack of Al-Mutanabbi Street in 2007.

The car bomb attack was on a street of booksellers which is at the heart of Baghdad's creative quarter. The artist responses were initiated as a response to the tragic loss of life and the attack on a centre for the exchange of ideas.

My print is called 'The Loud Minority'. The subject of my print is the creative process; the power of the creative idea and free will that cannot be suppressed. Books hold all different kinds of knowledge. They tell us how other people live, their culture, the struggles that are faced at different times in history. There is no knowledge in isolation.

The top half of the image is the people; representing society in general and the notion of the everyday. I want to make the viewer feel tense and drawn in by the boldness of the image itself. Some have an organic, brain-like form inside them. This is the individuals opinion or free will.

The bottom half of the image is the creation of ideas and how communication and free thought are intrinsic to this process. The whole structure of the image is supported by ideas and is the basis for a free society. The curtain relates to the idea as the artist as the observer, seeing the world slightly removed from their own point of view. It is also a nod to Max Beckmann and his works about the ugliness and variety of life as he saw it; as theatre.

More information about the Al-Mutanabbi project be found here:

http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/mutanmain12.htm

http://www.al-mutanabbistreetstartshere-boston.com/

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/71dbef86-8cf7-11e3-ad57-00144feab7de.html#axzz2w7VaZqNW