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"Broken Promises" Collage

Maie Yanni


Collage, Paper on Paper

Size: 33.5 W x 33.5 H x 1.2 D in

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This collage was created from Egyptian newspaper cuttings and painted recycled papers that I personally prepared. The work was started in December 2010 with the Tunisian uprising and revolution and spanned eleven months throughout the Egyptian revolution, the Syrian, Bahraini,Yemeni and Libyan uprising all the way to Gaddafi's demise in October 2011 . The newspaper cuttings are the headlines of all the speeches that the dictators , their followers and cronies made to the people throughout these tumultuous months , the promises that were never delivered and the endless rambling monologues. The papers that I prepared in different tones of blue are symbolic of the blue-eyed amulet that is worn throughout this region ( Middle East-North Africa) to chase away the envious spirits and the evil eye . In the Middle Eastern countries the "eye of the heart" is the spiritual centre ; the seat of Absolute Intellect and Illumination. In Egyptian culture “The Eye of Horus” , the Utchat, the “All-seeing” , is suggested as the Pole Star and Illumination ; the eye of the mind. The papers that were prepared in tones of green are symbolic of “The Arab Spring” , Spring is also the season of growth and renewal , the season of new ideas and hopes and a proof of the perenniality of foliage and vegetation . In the ancient Egyptian calendar the year has a “tertiary” division ( as opposed to the quaternary division of the Western calendar) –the triple seasons of Sowing (Winter) , Growing (Spring) , Inundation (Summer) - and this composition has three hues that are observed when looking at it from a distance . All these papers were carefully cut up into triangles –The triangle is the three-fold nature of the universe; heaven ,earth ,man ; father, mother , child ; also the mystic number three- all triangles were reassembled and “collaged” on a background paper into a very geometric and orderly composition that is reminiscent of Islamic Arabic geometric design. The completed artwork is a metaphor of hope , clarity of purpose, focus , transparency , order , and perenniality to build a new and better future for Egypt as it is for all the countries who steadfastly sacrificed their youths to break the shackles of dictatorships.

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Collage:Paper on Paper

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Size:33.5 W x 33.5 H x 1.2 D in

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Maie Yanni is a cross-cultural British-born Lebanese and self-taught artist . She qualified from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and specialized in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and High-Risk Obstetric Anaesthesia. She holds a Diploma in Interior Design from Rhodec International ( 1999) with a special interest in Colour theory and the ancient philosophy of Feng Shui and their psychological impact on our environment and well-being. While still a medical student she qualified as a Member of The Irish Craftmen's Guild in 1982 for her proficiency in Crochet , Painting and Drawing. In the year 2000 , she took a sabbatical from medical practice in order to fulfill a lifelong ambition as an artist and art curator. As a multidisciplinary and self-taught artist her work encompasses a number of disciplines namely: Collage Mixed Media and Drawing Origami and Kirigami Mail Art Artists Books , Artists' Sketchbooks and Journals. Crochet, Fiberart and Jewellery Design. She has a special interest in Packaging and Branding and was a Member of the Association of Visual Merchandisers and Retail Display . Her Collage work is part of the permanent collection at the International Museum of Collage , Assemblage & Construction in the United States . As a Jewellery designer she was a member of the New Designers online in the UK and her current jewellery creations are showcased in Ireland, Vienna, Cairo , Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates. She currently holds the positions of: - Independent Art Curator and Consultant -Branding Consultant for the firm Lee Brown -Artist and jewellery designer - Over the years she has been a contributor and critic for a number of international publications of which : Saatchi Magazine Artclvb Reorient Blouin Art Info Canvas Magazine Her main areas of interest as an art curator are in : - Contemporary Middle Eastern art - Contemporary African art - Collage - Art Brut - Outsider Art - Mail Art - Arte Povera, Dada and Fluxus - Artists' Books and Art Journals - Origami and Kirigami - Fiber Art She has a particular interest in discovering and managing young talented artists and was a member of the 23rd Egyptian Youth Salon jury. She is currently based in Cairo,Egypt and is a member of The Egyptian Syndicate Of Plastic Arts.

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