Urban Traces 1, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2011
Urban Traces 2, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2011
Urban Traces 3, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2011
Urban Traces 4, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2011
Urban Traces 7, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2011
Urban Traces 8, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2011
Urban Traces 9, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2011
Urban Traces 6, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, 2011

Urban Traces

This body of work explores urban culture. There is constant human urge to build using stones, walls, constructions...

When I travel, I always take photographs of buildings, especially focusing to stone structure. When I browsed through my photographs from Egypt, I noticed beautiful compositions of lines, circles and semicircles in the architecture of Mosques and its monochromatic features. While I lived in Egypt, I became attached to its tradition and beauty and I wanted to use those remembrances as motifs of my future works. The more I was going back through the photographs, the idea of transferring of these compositions to the canvas was growing with it.

At first, I streamlined contours out of photographs. I used these studies of lines as juxtaposition against the shades of grey, brown, white and dark red. Than I focused only to particular details as a content of a each of the canvases.

With these paintings I wanted to induce emotions just by juxtapositions of lines in as much as possible monochromatic way.