Friday, July 25, 2008
The following drawings are based on a subjective interpretation of Brian Keenan's book 'An Evil Cradling'.
I have drawn many parallels with this text, especially its location, the place of my birth, Lebanon.
I started this body of work in August 2000 and continued an obsessive line of investigation into this subject till 2002 with the completion of a short video/sound piece, ' days merge into night'.
Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change of scene from his native Belfast.He became headline news when he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Shi'ite militamen and held in the suburbs of Beriut for the next four and a half years. For most of this time Brian was shut off from all news and contact with anyone other than his jailers.
Sitting, stuck in the 'waves of his mind', I pictured Brian's body neglected, sore and eaten by mosquitoes.
When making these initial pictures I wasn't interested in capturing 'likeness or a resemblance' to Brian - but was just concerned with trying to portray the emotions he experienced.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This was the last entry in my notebook during that period of time in Thailand.
(mid -August, 2000).
Soon after I started to make sketches based on 'Brian Keanan's Book, 'An Evil Cradling,' which I had read during the end of my trip.For the next 'two years' I became 'obsessed' with trying to construct a subjective interpretation of his book through drawings and eventually video and sound.
Most of my drawings or sketches would be accompanied with text or titled. As you can see the expressive nature of these skectches gave me an outlet for the emotions I was experiencing.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
This is the image I have decided to start off the archive. I drew this piece in my notebook in Thailand after a motorcycle accident which left me pretty unable to walk for about a month.
even though this image was created on the 11th of July 2000,(wow i did'nt realise that is tomorrow!!!) 8 years ago. I feel it was and always has been an important image for me.
Being laid up at that time really got me sketching and I enjoyed having my notebook to 'turn to'. The following images all come from the same notebook.