45 x 42 cm – Sold
This artwork depicts the inner turmoil and reflections of a man who has migrated away from his country in search for safety and stability. He struggles to leave images and thoughts of his country behind him; whether they were the warm comfort of his home, being in the arms of his loved ones or watching his children play around him and grow up right in front of his eyes. These thoughts morph into the horrific memories that torture his thoughts every night; from the destruction of his house, to seeing his wife and children killed right in front of his eyes with no way of being able to save them. He tries to go on in his daily life he could be studying, working or just coping with the new world he arrived to. But he can’t move on, as the memories haunt his thoughts. He can’t think of anything else and his thoughts are preventing him from functioning.
The shadow provides this man with the wings he has always dreamed of, these wings will allow him to fly back to his home and family, without facing any dangers. Maybe these wings will take him back to the time where he lived in peace, working and raising a family, just like anyone else in the world. Except he had a horrible fate bestowed upon him, and now he has to live in a strange country that he doesn’t know, or feel welcomed in.
All art pieces are made from reclaimed wood signifying rebirth and the possibility for hope in the future. The wood used in this piece was retrieved from the surviving parts of a wardrobe from a shelled home in rural Damascus.