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Musseqael Walah

Interlock 2 | Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Dream of the Blue | Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Observant | Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Musseqael Walah

The Cat Man | Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Betrayed | Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Nursing Evilness | Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Escape | Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Evesdropping | Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Reflection | Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Loss | Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Initiation | Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Musseqael Walah

No lies only Embellisment | Acrylic on Canvas | 200x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Victim | Acrylic on Canvas | 200x100cm

Musseqael Walah

The Green Ash | Acrylic on Canvas | 200x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Prediation | Acrylic on Canvas | 200x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Jumping Obstacles | Acrylic on Canvas | 200x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Ambush 1| Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Interlock 1 | Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Musseqael Walah

Ambush 2 | Acrylic on Canvas | 100x100cm

Sleeping Cats

2016

Sleeping Cats 2016

When I was 10 years old, I heard the word “infidelity”. It happened when my grandmother, Mariam Bint Saad Bin Salmeen was preparing lunch. Indulged in the breath-taking aroma of spices, a stripped cat walked in, requesting his share of the meal. Between this cat and I was a vengeance, as he was talented in devouring my pigeons and their fledglings At that moment, my grandmother gave the cat a portion of the rice and a fish. This occured in the presence of my grandfather, who told her “Bint Saad, this cat is infidel, he keeps eating Ebrahim’s pigeons and you are feeding him now”. She replied: “It is a just a brute (meaning it is an animal)”. The cat was continously courting and seeking attention, then suddenly, carves his claws and tusks in everything that is beautiful around.

It has been scientifically proven that when a cat feels hungry, it would leave its owner, yet if a dog feels hungry, it would pass away at the doorstep of its owner; a remote contrast between infidelity and loyalty.

Based on the traditional reminiscence, a cat is a symbol of infidelity, as it does not take affectionate long term relationships, nor the care or help received into consideration. Going back to the memory, I lived this full scene in our home, located in the city of Muharraq. In the middle of its courtyard, it had an almond tree and jasmine vines, where the cat, carrying a pigeon between his tusks, would manoeuvre between rooftops and from the almond tree to the pigeon’s cage. Consequently, the paintings were portrayed based on the architectural elements and the decorative motifs that characterized the city of Muharraq; notably the closely braced compact city rooftops just like its people, who were once, a symbol of social coherence, solidarity, and warmth. With the appearance of the sleeping cats, they are the self-sleeping cells that hide its real intentions and in a sudden moment they strike, instil their poison inside the body. We are facing cats who sleep, awaken and scatter principles as well as human values. This is how the standards are set nowadays; to legitimize infidelity…to legitimize dishonesty…to legitimize betrayal.

It took 3 years to produce these paintings (from the year 2009 to 2011); a period spent between the search to formulate the paintings as well as to connect their vocabulary, to a place, to expressive values and to its intellectual dimensions.

Ebrahim Busaad

16/02/2016

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