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Tamara Al-Samerraei's "Wallpaper" is a diptych of sorts.The principle motif is a woodblock print-like repeating pattern that alternates blank oval shapes and veined, vaguely triangular forms.Individual ovals provide surfaces upon which the artist has sketched or painted miniature figures – pairs of hands concealing a human face; a series of nude female torsos; profiles of two infants crawling toward one another; an eye with a red iris; a male sex organ."Let Me Stay" is the fourth solo show of the Beirut-based, Kuwait-born Samerraei, her third in Beirut. The artist cut her teeth with a pair of exhibitions at Agial Gallery – "Something White," in 2008, and "Fleeting Fences," in 2011 . Place was more present in Samerraei's 2011 exhibition, which witnessed her experimentation with mixed-media elements (the photo transfer).Here too, some figures are less present – pairs of coitus-entangled nudes are ubiquitous, but exist as pencil sketches on acrylic canvasses.Samerraei's inkblot-like forms are teasingly vague in all but her wee 15 x 33cm piece "Dogfight". Elsewhere, the silhouetted figures suggest two forms conjoined in a single black silhouette.
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