Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Faiza Ahmed

Faiza Ahmed
12" x 12"
oil on luan, 2012
Faiza Ahmed (1934-1983) was an Egyptian singer of Syrian and Lebanese ancestry. Her top 100 song Set El Habayeb Yahabieba that was featured in an item on Faiza Ahmed in Bodaga Pop, is one of her best known songs, apparently a Mother's Day favorite. I went out of my way this time in preparation for the painting. I took a bunch of photographs of my banana plant in the early morning sun and planned the composition with superimposing a photograph of Faiza Ahmed onto one of the banana pictures's. The painting totally existed in my head (and on paper as well) before I started applying the first paint. I was after a lushness of both vegetation and singer's expression that I think in the end only partly materialized. Mother's Day in Egypt falls on March 21st, which was my father's birthday, and also the date the Top 100 2012 will be played. That day in 2013, when days have the same length as nights all around the world, I intend to play the Top 100—radio show style—live on line. I'll keep you posted on this.

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