Gallery Tilal hosted the second solo exhibition for Kuwaiti artist Shayma’a Ashkanani (Zain Life) showcasing over 30 paintings of what the artist describes “a reflection of psychological situations & the reaction with one’s previous experiences that are saved in his/her subconscious & conscious”.
Al Maha on Shayma’a Ashknani Artworks
I had a different perspective on what I was going to see, because I thought she was portraying a woman; her movements, thoughts, feelings, moments of peak in joy or sadness. But the description on each painting said something completely different! They were explaining philosophical & psychological terms like “Self Centralization”, “Madness Obsession”, “Pages of Life” and “Narcissism”.
It is not a matter if right or wrong, but I prefer unexplained artworks. Something that takes the viewer to an unknown point of imagination, keeping him curious to find something new in it, see it differently whenever he looks at it. This process creates an intimate relationship between the artwork & regular viewer, who will never let go of the feelings created by the painting thus maintaing it as a renewable artwork not a vase.