Hessa Al Ajmani

Visual artist & ceramicist

Statement

 The human body can be seen as a large country, with various geographical terrains, and its own culture and history, often represented by landmarks, which come to represent the essence of who they are. Some of these are overlooked and forgotten, seemingly insignificant next to all the more obvious features on that person. They tell a story, and therefore become symbols of the extent of our knowledge and affection with that person.  Physical landmarks come in many forms. Tarfa’s scar came to be after she had undergone a surgery to remove a brain tumor when she was 15. Mary got her tattoo in the Philippines, which stands in contrast with the eczema that affected her skin after working in the UAE. Sara was born with the little extra bone on her clavicle. The large scale of the drawings is not meant to overwhelm the viewers, but to create a new appreciation and sense of intimacy that they can relate to.

The series tells a story, the concept dwelling more on the way our minds tend to pick up and analyze information about others than what they actually look like. It sheds light on how people understand each other, and how that determines their relationship.

Biological Landmarks: Tarfa  

2015

Graphite, oil based white pencil, white gel pen on BFK Rives paper

97 x 127 cm

 

Biological Landmarks: Mary

2015

Graphite, oil based white pencil, white gel pen on BFK Rives paper

97 x 127 cm

 

Biological Landmarks: Sara

2015

Graphite, oil based white pencil, white gel pen on BFK Rives paper

97 x 127 cm