Title: Watching over you 14
Medium: Digital artwork Printed on plexi glass and laminated with Dibond at the back and an aluminium channel to easily fix or hang the artwork on the wall.
Dimension: 50 x 50 cm
© Maisoon Al Saleh
The story behind the artwork:
Watching over you
Maisoon Al Saleh’s latest digital art series is an aestheticised representation of the human
condition as experienced by almost all man kind during various stages of social distancing,
quarantines, or total lock-downs caused by a global pandemic.
By turning to nature as a source for her subject matter, Al Saleh continues a tradition in symbolism
as old as poetry and art itself. The insects and flowers depicted in her series, such as butterflies,
bees, flies, or moths, have been used as symbols for various aspects of human characteristics,
emotions or even carry spiritual connotations. In Saleh’s digital artworks printed on uniform,
square-shaped plexi glass, the main motifs are forced into a restricted space, just like people
around the world had to retreat into their homes, cocooned, and eagerly waiting for the world to
open up again.
The colourful backgrounds of the images are just as varied as the cultural landscape of each one
of us, sharing the same experience as a global community.
The disembodied cat eyes floating above the naturalistic images are looking at the observer with
hopeful curiosity. This questioning look of these mysterious, invisible creatures are mirroring the
gaze of the viewer. What do you see? A better, kinder, more conscious future?