With observation and documentation of the natural world being a key element of Al Ajmani’s work, Drink Your Medicine looks closely at the UAE’s flora and documents them onto ceramicware. The process starts by handpicking wild plants from patches of desert throughout the city, as well as homegrown herbs and flowers from her mother’s garden, which are then carefully pressed into earthenware and stoneware clay before it is transformed into functional ceramicware.
Given the desert climate in the UAE, the availability of the featured plants and flowers rely completely on the occasional rainfall during the winter season, which makes this a true collaboration with nature and its willingness to provide, with clay itself being a material of the earth as well. Al Ajmani makes sure to request permission from the plants before taking any cuttings and to never to take too much to avoid harming or killing the rest of the plant. She believes that expressing one’s appreciation and gratitude for the mother plant ensures the continued collaboration between artist and land.
The series also highlights the process of working with clay as a slow craft in a fast paced world, which is often passed down generationally as much as any family heirloom or ancestral folklore stories.
DRINK YOUR MEDICINE
Glazed earthenware and stoneware ceramic