Project Space / Nadia Ayari
The Fountain and The Fig
September 18 - October 24, 2013
The Third Line is pleased to introduce New York based artist Nadia Ayari, with her exhibition The Fountain and The Fig opening in the Project Space. Nadia works with densely painted surfaces, where stark contrasting colours form hyper-natural imagery, provide strong allegories of the sensual and the violent.
For this Project, Nadia’s predominant aesthetic concerns remain with rendering conceptual narratives, whereby the act of painting becomes an important tool in the dialogue. By using heavily conventionalized symbols such as the fig and the tree, she influences the imagery to acquire an element of myth-like storytelling. The densely painted surfaces take on a sculptural quality as Nadia works layer upon layer to construct the visual, subtly manipulating the thick paint to set along the grain of the folded leaf and the curve of the over-ripened fruit.
The exhibit includes five abstracted flora-themed paintings that follow a singular strain. The visuals are dreamlike and surreal – blood red rain covers deep purple figs that spout out leafy tongues from their burning red crevices. As is suggestive in their titles Tongue, Splitting, Pouring, Spit and Fountain there is a violence and raw carnality that intermingle to create a macabre vision. Also part of the show are ink on paper drawings. These studies of a rose, a tree and a fig isolate emblematic elements that are present in the paintings – however, wholly opposite in their execution, they present a more whimsical side of the world the artist is depicting.