Synergy
Mariam AlAli and Karen Oremus

Lessedra Gallery and Contemporary Art Projects
Sofia, Bulgaria
May 2016


Synergy, comes from the Greek word sunergos, which means working together. It is defined as the interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects. It is also described as cooperative interaction among groups that create an enhanced combined effect when working together.

AlAli and Oremus explore synergy in a variety of manifestations in this exhibition. Their symbiotic relationship, which began in the classroom with Oremus as AlAli’s teacher at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), brought to the surface the importance of the mentor and mentee relationship. Synergy is also reflected in the collaborative environment of the printmaking studio where each individual working there continuously nourishes and inspires one another. Moreover, the works being created in the studio are constantly moving and interacting with other artist’s works on international platforms in the form of exhibitions and printmaking exchanges. This is reflective in the International Lessedra World Art Print Annual where artists and their works from around the world come together to mingle and inspire each year. For those who cannot be there alongside their work, they learn about their international peers through the catalogue of works which is distributed to all participants.

In 2005, Oremus was awarded with the first prise at the Lessedra World Art Print Annual, and since then, she has been participating in the annual with her students. In 2014, AlAli was awarded with the first prise at the annual, symbolically bringing the symbiotic relationship of the mentor and mentee full circle. This was the initial inspiration for this exhibition.

Through their work, AlAli and Oremus explore relationships beyond that of the two artists themselves, individually expressing their own personal symbiotic relationship with a very close individual in their lives. Through their work they filter the poignant experience of watching these loved ones suffer through degenerative illness and their death.

AlAli’s work explores the cherished relationship with her grandmother, an inspirational figure and family mentor who suffered with diabetes and various other related ailments. Oremus explores the strong, close and spiritual relationship with her mother who suffered several years with Dementia. Both artists express how the synergism transforms during their illnesses, and how the spiritual union remains intact following their deaths.

Through Oremus’ work, she conceptually explores matter, energy, mind and spirit and their interplay immersed in the experience of the ephemeral. She takes a poignant look at the body as a vessel, and how disease can slowly decay the tangible and in turn release the intangible. Through this, she contemplates the infinite nature of energy (and its location) and the transformation of the spiritual traveller leaving their physical body into an astral one, in different realms, in different locations. The imagery is largely based on imagined maps and a palimpsest of text. Unconventional maps signify ‘place’ and ‘distance’ demonstrating both the physical and the mental distance experienced between the artist and her mother during her battle with Dementia. She portrays map imagery in an abstracted manner to convey how the direction we anticipate in life can be diverted at any given moment without notice. More recently map imagery is used metaphorically as an attempt to locate her mothers spiritual location since her death. The use of fragmented text in her work recalls haunting conversations she had with her mother during her illness. It is her intention to abstract these statements drawing parallels with her mother’s loss of writing and language skills.

The imagery in AlAli’s work is largely based on medical scans and cell imagery, which trace the various ailments and stages of illness progression. Text embedded into these large-scale prints are collective thoughts, emotions and prayers of the artist as she and her family live through the continuous poignant journey. While the human cells represent growth and disease progression, AlAli also represents the honeycomb, a mass of hexagonal cells built by bees as their home. The use of the hive represents the artists’ family unit. It signifies love within the family, domestic stability, harmony and synergy amongst its members. The hive is guided by the queen, who insures new life, and continuation of the colony. This is symbolic of her grandmother who was a strength and guide for her family.

The works of AlAli and Oremus both explore the synergy between traditional printmaking and the infusion of technology such as 3D printing, pigment printing, laser cut and laser engraved prints incorporating light, shadow and animation.



Sacred Geometry Series 1 by Karen Oremus


Sacred Geometry Series 1 by Karen Oremus


Sacred Geometry Series 1 by Karen Oremus


Sacred Geometry Series 2 by Karen Oremus


Sacred Geometry Series 2 by Karen Oremus


Mariam Al Ali Work 1


Mariam Al Ali Work 2


Mariam Al Ali Work 3



СИНЕРГИЯ*
Работи върху хартия и инсталации

4 май - 3 юни 2016 г.


Откриване с присъствието на авторите на 4 май, сряда, от 17 до 19 часа.


Леседра представя като предвестник на 15-та Международна изложба графика.

  • Карен Оремус, Канада
  • Мариам Ал Али, Обединени арабски емирства
  • Виолета Апостолова - Лети, България

Какво обединява тези три художнички от различни държави?

Карен Оремус е професор и преподавател по изкуства в Университета Зеяд в Абу Даби.
Мариам Ал Али като студентка на проф. Оремус печели първата награда на 13-та Международна изложба графика на Леседра.
Виолета Апостолова печели наградата за млад /български/ автор на същата изложба.

Повече за авторите, произведенията, синергизма в изкуството: ще разберете на откриването.

*В природата синергизмът е много разпространен.
Такава е работата в екип на социално организирани групи, като пчелите например.


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The Language of Friendship

April 6th — April 26th


Dutch and Bulgarian artists meet in Sofia


Official ceremony for the opening reception April 11th, Monday, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The artists from The Netherlands:
Originator and curator of the Dutch presentation JOZINA MARINA VAN HEES

  • JAN KARREMANS
  • MARIA KAPTEIJNS
  • MONIQUE VAES
  • EDITH BONS
  • JACQUELIEN BEENEN
  • MARIJE KOS
  • KARLA VAN GELDROP
  • KARLA KASSENAAR
  • ELLEN GEERTS
  • LENNIE VAN ZWAM
  • VIETA BONS
  • NANTSJE VONK
  • AURA OP DEN CAMP
  • JAN KOK
  • HENK VAN ROOIJ
  • KITTY DOOMERNIK
  • EUGENIE DAMMER
  • JOZINA MARINA VAN HEES

The artists from Bulgaria:

  • MICHAIL PETKOV
  • PETAR CHUKLEV
  • CHRISTO KARDJILOV
  • IVAN BACHVAROV
  • RALITSA NIKOLOVA
  • VLADIMIR CHUKICH
  • MILKO BOZHKOV
  • STOYAN TSANEV
  • MARIA DUHTEVA
  • IVAN NINOV
  • EVGENYI PANTEV
  • IRMA VODEVA
  • VALENTIN LEKOV
  • ALEXANDRA DIMITROVA



Bulgarian artists general view


Dutch artists general view