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Khaled Alsaai

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In 2000 I converted a greenhouse into my studio. The reason why I began to use a greenhouse as my studio is simply economical, but its site-specific feature became one of the main elements in my creation. As the greenhouse is located in the boundary between the urban and rural areas, my creative endeavors are made between earth and cement. Its surrounding landscape looks slightly beautiful with its suburban disorder and leisurely atmosphere. Amid a cross feeling of despair and hope hidden behind my daily comfort, I feel some weird tension and movement.

Its surface is covered with naturally growing ivy, as if to prove the will of nature. When entering the place, its acute and damp smell is reminiscent of a jungle where plenty of plants grow densely.

As if microorganisms unite and divide to create a variety of life, its damp atmosphere is a catalyst for her art creation. Innumerable conflicts I felt here gave rise to my serial pieces “Life Scenery” and “Absent Scenery”. I pay attention to the relation between the familiar objects of my surroundings and my past works made with an attempt to create a situation of existence intentionally.

When my studio is felt unfamiliar all of a sudden, this unfamiliarity is more than that I can feel from an unfamiliar thing or place. My studio is conditioned by the fixed things and space. I intend to represent bilaterally crossing objects with these factors and an active flow behind them.

Conveying both individual and social meanings, my familiar things(objects, space, previous works) have something to do with one another but occasionally reject or entangled with each other. They at last turn to an uncertain being, losing their solid realistic meaning.

Discovered in the complex process of modern man’s thinking are fragments of and clashes with realistic desires and unstable diversity. This process appears to be endlessly moving toward something weird and inexistent so far. My work can be referred to as a paranoiac journey to seek the uncertainty and flexibility of a landscape, trying to find its identity.

Work content, 2007




Khaled Al-Saai