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Defeat and surrender are part of the human condition. Artist and Artspace Hamra founder Leila Kubba Kawash learned this at an early age.Nomadism and exile are prominent tropes in "Far From the Shore," Kubba Kawash's exhibition of acrylic and mixed media canvases now up at Artspace Hamra. Kubba Kawash says the Arabic verse in her work isn't meant to be read."I paint the beauty that's in my mind, remembering Baghdad, and this is the only way I want to remember it".Layering her paintings creates a history for the art. This intimate series of canvases is an "open book" of Kubba Kawash's heart – her pain, her joy and the struggles that brought her to where she is today.Laid out on whiteboards that zigzag in horizontal steps, the black-and-white drawings are outlines of Kubba Kawash's restlessness, rough drafts before she puts paintbrush to canvas.Leila Kubba Kawash's "Far From the Shore" is up at Artspace Hamra through Nov. 30 .
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