Patches & Stitch
Patches & Stitch
Artwork by Amira Al Zein.
Mixed Media on Canvas, Diptych Art
Each 40 cm x 60 cm, 2023
- can be bought together (1270$ both) or separately (635$ each)
My work explores proving a point, telling a story, taking a stand, and depicting a particular societal situation. As an aspiring and self-taught artist, I think out of the box and create works that speak my heart to the masses.
My experience and knowledge of relevant issues allow me to capture and recreate my ideas on canvas. I create my art using mixed media on canvas or paper, primarily focusing on acrylics and drawings. I usually do not have any limitations on materials to be used but improvise during my creative process as I immerse deeply into my concept.
My works are abstract and expressionist but move to different techniques depending on the work. As a seasoned writer, I sometimes include my writings and poetry in my art.
“Patches & Stitch” is a series that tells the story of determination, resilience, and transformation. This is my take on the theme, aiming to share a personal journey engraved in my heart. As they say, “Life is hard, and it only gets harder.” Something in common that we all share is facing challenges in life.
In the first canvas is a dark monochromatic world showing life's adversities. A little girl is seen clutching her teddy bear, gazing solemnly under the moonlight, carrying an unspoken message of hardship. Is it abuse, neglect, bullying, or something else? We will never know. But her eyes show more than she wants to convey. She and her teddy are sad, representing its importance in her life as her faithful companion. Together, they stand confined within a metaphorical jail of circumstances.
The second canvas conveys a vibrant transformation—colors bursting, symbolizing hope and renewal. The same girl is now an adult, still holding her beloved teddy bear, both with a soft smile. Her bear is now in stitches, and the woman wears the same-looking dress with a tapestry of patches. This testament to their shared resilience and ability to mend and adapt. The jail bars and confinement faded into the background, fading remnants of the past.
Together, they confront life’s challenges, emerging as proof of human resilience, fortitude, growth, and enduring spirit. This artwork invites viewers to reflect and contemplate their journeys and find inspiration in the power of hope and determination.
Hence, her teddy is “Stitch,” and she is “Patches.” For they are one, where “Stitch” is her strength, patiently waiting to reveal itself.