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The Amman-born artist says the painting was inspired by Picasso's blue period, which she'd encountered in art books. She'd started to write poetry at about the same time. Mona Saudi is among most respected Arab artists of her generation. Renowned for her sculpture in various media – stone and metal – her oeuvre also includes paintings, drawings and silkscreens.All have been sampled in "Mona Saudi: Poetry and Form," a retrospective that opened this spring at the Sharjah Art Museum, sampling her work from 1963 to 2017 ."Beirut is one of the Arab capitals that still has some freedom of expression and you can live as you like".Though her paintings and drawings retain the sculptural quality first noted in "Lovers," Saudi says none of her three-dimensional works are sketch-based. True to its title, the Sharjah exhibition sampled some of Saudi's poetry and several of her works on paper inspired by the work of other Arab poets. Discussing artistic practice with Saudi is quite unlike similar conversations with most contemporary artists.A piece's form is, however, shaped by the medium.
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