A conversation with Mona Nahleh during the opening night of her exhibition at Art on 56th Gallery.
What I prepared for this exhibition is paintings made of sculpted heads that are made of wood and stone created by craftsmen. The thought behind it is questioning why man likes to carve a replica of himself. It’s as if he is trying to create something that stays while he’s gone, so he can remain here on earth in some way. Who wants to die? Nobody.
Despite this love what do we do while we are here during this period of time? We abuse it and we destroy it. We are essentially destroying what we love and what we want. We do that for vanity and for many other reasons but deep down we know that this is not a triumph. People in their daily lives, wether they know it or not, are aware that we are connected elsewhere, to the world of the soul.
So basically the message is to be kind to earth, love it, enjoy it, and nourish your soul. In the paintings I have symbols of religion, superstition, and other man-made ideas where people try to get strength and power from outside themselves. It is as if they know they are poor, that there is another realm, the metaphysical life.
This exhibition is about earth and our time on it.. Our existence here is but a passing fleeting experience, no matter what we do or leave behind.. Despite what we build, artwork, sculptures, monuments, towers, factories- our passage is temporary, and all that we do during this passage for strength and empowerment we derive from a larger world, a metaphysical world that man has always known and felt in the core of his being.
Nurture your soul..
Your soul Is eternal..
And all these totems are but temporal..
Mona Nahleh graduated from the Lebanese University with a major in English literature. She is a self-taught artist.
Exhibition from January 22 to February 8, 2014
Art on 56th Gallery 56th
Youssef Hayeck Str, Gemmayzeh