Friday, February 7, 2014

Sea the Unseen (Marwa AL OMAMI)

There are 7.046 billion people in this world, each possessing a pair of eyes. A pair of eyes that perceive art in their own, unique way from their own, unique perspectives.

One could glance at a photograph of a set of trashcans on a street corner and fail to see a story, but even rubbish has a past, a present and a future and it is up to the eye to open itself up to creativity.

My work with photography is concerned with seeing the unseen and revealing its countless hidden stories. The title of this statement is a pun concerning itself with the urging of people to see the unseen as the number of ideas that could be found in a single image can outgrow any sea.

There are certain objects and ‘kinds’ of people that we irrevocably place into categories, assuming that they are ordinary; yet we fail to realize that each of them has its respective set of qualities. All we have to do is view things from a different perspective.

New York City is one of the world’s most diverse cities with a profuse amount of compelling images, which I will capture and reinvent. This will encourage the appreciation of simple objects initially deemed artless. A trashcan’s beauty, for example, is almost always disregarded, as we tend to associate it with filth. I will, thus, bring it to life with photography.

Fernando Botero is one figurative artist that comes to mind when I think of the reinvention of an image, or idea. The perfect shape and ‘look’ of a western woman in the 21st century doesn’t correlate with being big and overweight. Botero’s art, however, disregards this misconception by depicting women with curves and blemishes, and introducing us to the possibility that beauty and curves are the picture-perfect combination, pun intended. By doing so, he rids us of the preconceived notion that the ideal woman should be thin and flawless, ultimately leading us to view his artwork and the idea at large, from a different angle.

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