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‘Chaotic Harmony’: Everything falls perfectly in its rightful place

“Chaotic Harmony” is inspired by the processes that occur in space and nature (Photos: Handout from Zaina El-Said)
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AMMAN – A virtual exhibition by Jordanian artist Zaina El-Said, titled “Chaotic Harmony”, is on display until the end of January at Q0DE Art Space. This collection of six limited-edition prints is inspired by the notion of chaotic harmony, and each artwork has a story.اضافة اعلان

The artist tried to render the chaotic harmony pattern and presented a visual narrative of what it may look like. To do so, the pieces use motifs and symbols from several cultures and by focusing on color harmony and contrast.

(Photo: Handout from Zaina El-Said)

The artist said that a forest, for example, is similar to space, as nothing is structured, “no flower or tree grows in a designated spot, yet everything is so wonderfully arranged”.

“We observe elaborate geometric shapes in the heavens made up of stars and planets, and we find similar designs in plants like cactuses, flowers, and even vegetables and fruits when sliced open,” which made the artist choose the name of the exhibition.

“I hope that the viewer relates to this idea, and realize that the origin of creation and the world is a harmonious pattern of chaos,” she said.

Said believes that the natural way of life should not be dictated by a program, and that the world would be a more peaceful place if people obeyed the principles of nature.

“I hope that the audience will feel a connection to the work and that it will inspire an inner dialogue with which each spectator may identify.”

(Photo: Handout from Zaina El-Said)

“Chaotic Harmony”, she said, is inspired by the processes that occur in space and nature, processes “in which everything occurs, is discovered and grows in an unstructured way, but it all fits together flawlessly”.

“Nothing in the natural world or space happens according to a blueprint or a plan. It is as if there is an invisible power casting a spell and creating this process and outcome,” she said.

When creating her work, she frequently resorts to childhood memories, readings of fairy tales, and imagination.

“I read a lot of mythology and folktales. Architecture and archeology as well find their way into my work. I love patterns and textures that also add to the process of inspiration,” she said.

The artist creates digital collages that are printed on canvas and paper. She then adds other media to the paintings, including gold and silver leaf, acrylic, fabric, thread, and any other material she finds suitable for the work, which gives the work depth and texture.

In 2001, Said graduated from the American Intercontinental University in London with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, yet she seemed destined to follow in the footsteps of her family of artists. She began painting, with a particular interest in geometry and calligraphy.

(Photo: Handout from Zaina El-Said)

In 2010, she decided to take things a step further and began experimenting with different media. In 2010, she held her first exhibition, “Homage to Issam El-Said” dedicated to the memory and works of this artist, at the Orfali Art Gallery.

Through experiments and trials, she got into collage art and began producing artworks using existing pictures; originally she was manually cutting out images and pasting them, but after a while, she started using computer programs to create digital collages.

“I had my first digital collage exhibition in 2015 in Jordan, and it began rolling since,” she said.

Said held over 10 solo exhibitions and around 20 group exhibitions worldwide, most prominently Egypt International Art Fair in 2021 and Caucasus Biennale in 2019.

Due to the pandemic, the current exhibition is virtual, as many people prefer attending events from the comfort and safety of their homes.

The artist has known and collaborated with Q0DE Art Space for many years. Q0DE Art Space, she said, is a hub for both established and emerging artists.

“Zaina is one of the best digital artists in Jordan; this show is the beginning of more shows planned for 2022, as we are trying to have more virtual exhibitions. We are trying to move more to the digital market, as it is the future,” Maral Tajirian, managing director at Q0DE Art Space, told Jordan News.

Q0DE Art Space has partnered with Artsy since 2015 to promote local young artists, and launched feature viewing rooms last year in May 2020 to assist artists and galleries in having displays during the shutdown months.

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