Artwork by Aida Rubeiz.
Mixed Media on Canvas.
70cm x 50cm (canvas), 85cm x 60cm (frame), 2018.
“Potpourri” is a collection of memories, thoughts, and feelings – those that come by surrounding oneself with objects and images that have meaning within. The women in the background, with their colorful dresses and headscarves, transport me across the world to Salvador, Bahia, for just an instant - long enough for the cheerful colors of the city to become my palette of joy and cheer.
Each corner of this portrait is a favorite corner at some point in the past. The gathering areas, each pillow and throw, the portraits, the treasures and knick-knacks, and the flowers – a different type of warmth - a happy place within.
I think the relation of “Potpourri” to the subject of fortitude, is that it depicts the ability of the human spirit to deal with change, loss, and adversity and to persevere by making the best of what life has dealt us; we accept what we cannot change, we resign ourselves, we adapt, and then we keep going - we fill the voids with what we love and what makes us happy.