Hybridization

Contemporary artists tend to be inspired by others to produce uniquely hybrid artwork. This means that to be unique, you have to catch other elements artistically in order to show the message of everything being all together. From my point of view, I do not think that hybridization will erase cultures if it is always referred to. Others can inspire people, but individuals have to preserve their intellectual rights. Hybridization in art might be one, and possibly the only, solution which can resolve local multi-culturalism in contemporary art.

I have tried to express my identity through my work; at the start, I tried to hybridize Saudi culture with a European artist: Piet Mondrian. I chose him because he is known for being one of the pioneers of twentieth-century abstract art, as he changed his artistic direction from figurative painting to an increasingly abstract style until he reached a point where his artistic vocabulary was reduced to simple geometric elements. I chose abstract art because in some ways it has a similar nature to Islamic art and Saudi patterns and layout. They use a visual language of shape, form, colour and line to create a composition which can exist with a degree of independence from visual references without using human figures. I use traditional Saudi fabrics for men and women to show the dynamic relationship between them which builds our society. 

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