Thursday, November 3, 2016

lines & spaces - Sarah Aradi 2016

Experimenting with paper.. lines & empty vs filled spaces


 In an attempt of finding out how specific lines gives a specific type of emotion & feel to the work & once spaces are filled or bit of the lines are changed or edited it changes the entire feel and atmosphere of the work and portrait.

Here are some of my experiments.


interview - Sarah Aradi ( Artists - the other side)

 interview by: M. Salameh






[ Please don’t call me an Artist ]

She stared with a calm smile back at me [ I don’t get who gives these titles, like when you finish medical school you are entitled to the word: Doctor… but Artist???


 who decides that we are entitled with such a phrase.. not that I care, I just don’t like to be limited to a thing.. freedom is more fun.


~What do you consider yourself then? I asked her.


An inspirer.. a muse.. a force that once you meet or encounter will change your old mind frame and make you think.


I like pushing people into questioning their old believes and methods.


I experiment a lot with different types of people, what would putting them in an awkward state of emotion & how does pushing their buttons impact them? The results are the dramatic part.


I like seeing how people react differently.. not only to my art works or believes.. But also to life in general.


~ who inspires you?


Real people.. the ones that have deep layers, like peeling something with many layers .. it’s the joy of finding out more and more of the raw human soul.


I can sniff these people from a distance, their presence is very much always felt on my radar.. as they say likes attract.. I myself am very deep and complex.. seeing how love can turn a monster into a butterfly and how pain does the exact opposite is more amusing to me that any TV serious or movie.. Why watch fake acting when you can create your own movie..? Choose who to cast and try different plots.. While never knowing or even anticipating how things will turn in the end.


I’m a real life film maker I guess.


, how does what you feel or experience in these real life movies * I quote effect your Art??


I once read a line that said (what’s bad for your heart .. is good for your Art)


I guess anyone who considers themselves an expressive person whether a writer, composer, painter or actor will totally agree that in order to have material you need to have an experience..

After that the realization that comes with the situation only makes the next one even harder & on a higher level.


Like a video game.. Every stage of life and experience.. Once overcome.. Automatically transforms you into an advanced version of yourself and strips you off your past experiences and believes.. Now you are ready for the next stage.


The more heartaches, disappointments and pains.. The stronger you will end up and faster you get up and continue moving.


I think the only one who can view this game with all the levels , colors and stages of everyone is “god”.




~ do you believe in god and how do you portrait your believes into your Art.?

I believe that god is a (center point ) and all religions and believers are practicing (religion) from a corner of where they stand.


I try as much as possible to experience his pure energy and divineness through as much (corners) as possible.


Like Rumi said I have one leg on Islam and the other is rotating on each and every way of worship.


My believes are very clear in my works.. for I see people in gods eyes and vice versa.. I try to show how people see him especially through my portraits.


~when painting what is the message you try to convey to the viewer?


Nothing.. [She laughs in complete honesty] aren’t we all tired of using our brains to think and analyze any and everything..


all I do is what I feel like doing.. I might be releasing my own pains into my works… Using art in a therapeutic method to just feel better.


I’m not one of those who claim the deep meaning of their works.. yes they might mean something to me .. the faces, the icons and words….. but there’s no way you can read into my thoughts, enter my head or realize what I was thinking or manifesting into my canvas.. so just enjoy it for what it is.


~what is the definition of beauty to you, and is it necessary to create a beautiful Art Piece regardless of it being honest?

My works were continuously rejected by curators and gallery owners, some even were removed off the wall before the exhibition started because they (scared the gallery owner) she laugh’s loudly.


Yet I would sit staring at them for hours and put  ridiculous price tags just because I don’t want to part from them and they are the definition of beauty to me.


“ Beauty is what resembles you soul to yourself  , if your soul feels its familiar it will identify with it”


& that my dear is my take on the definition of beauty Please mention that I said these words first ( laughs ) quote by Sarah Aradi .




~ A final word you would like to share?


Life is meant to be experienced.. And when the line on the heart pulse reader is straight.. it probably means you’re dead.


So embrace the ups and downs .. it only means one thing.. you are not just existing.. you are in fact “ ALIVE”.


For more on the artist please check:

Sarah instgram Art Page @saraharadi_art

Sarahs’ writings & quotes check: @sarah.aradi



Monday, May 25, 2015

whats your favourite color? mine is grey...!!

I’ve been through a lot...
if you know me you would smile while trying to believe me.. I look very stable on the outside.. Very calm and in control .. I always do. But this time hell and heaven were fighting inside of me, ice was thrown at  fire and vise versa, one minute I’m cold and indifferent…. the other I’m outrageous and breaking in tears and everything - including the little ant I accidently stepped on and killed - is making me sob in my tears .

The war was within,, they call It the period of ” transformation” ; in which you either turn black or white, but never grey,, I’ve always hated that color,
since I was very young I never bought or saw myself wearing anything  that’s grey, I had a greyphobia ,, I thought it was a lying color,,  a color of lairs,,,, I still remember that day when I started  my carrier as an art teacher,  how I was telling my students that grey wasn’t even a color, it was the result of mixing the same amounts of black & white equally… and white being the " light "  ( light breaks into all colors aligned: as for a rainbow) and black being the " absence " of color,, only means that  grey is the " zone " between them,,, 
I was dragging my students into my own battles.. I guess.

Last year only.. out of the blues.. my hands started picking grey.. grey became my favorite option .. with anything,  clothes I wear,, cushions' on my couch..  the color I choose to paint the  background of my 4 years pending painting,, which I finally finished.

Grey became my safe zone I think.. in where light and darkness can fight equally.
 Once light overcomes, then its up to me, ( the devil ) or my mean surroundings to add more black, to make sure my life is always grey.. on the center line.. in the middle, one foot in heaven  & the other in hell.
In the Quran ,, Allah {sw} says :
    سوره الشرح (فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا (5) إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا )
Translated to
(So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief., ( 5) Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.)
Yusuf Ali's Interpretation
His almighty did not say 
  ان بعد العسر يسرا,
after every difficulty comes relief…
but he said ( with)  … (مع ) ...
Which only means ….
hidden blessing in each hardship,
good in the bad, bad in the good,
Ying Yang,
grey .!
- Sarah

Thursday, October 2, 2014

press cut 2014

Born and raised in the kingdom of Bahrain, Arab blood with Persian background from her mother’s side, Sarah launched herself as an artist to the local scene in 2008 & has evolved a very unique vision & philosophy throughout her art into what has become the talk of town wherever her works get displayed.
her works vary between oil & acrylic on canvas & on paper works of watercolors , pastel & charcoal.

Trying to express unfamiliar feelings & unaccepted stories through face paintings, Sarah has managed to find herself as an “ outcast” to the local -calm & pretty- art scene, she is considered very “ Raw & overwhelming” when mentioned.

As a holder of a Bachelors degree in Arts & humanities and being a student to famous Bahraini Artist Abdul Raheem Sharif *, Sarah found herself admiring the classic realism school and moving towards a direct approach of molding church wall images into the character’s in her head,, “ I was very fond of religious stories in holy books.. Mesmerized by sorrow, love & pain,,, I had no option but to paint it” she replies “ I needed pictures in my story books since I was little & because I didn’t find them.. I had to create them.


Sufism being on top of her influences she considers Rumi her “ Muse” and through his poems she sways her brush,

“ love is the source “ she speaks “ it is the foundation of everything and with it I view things differently or maybe more clearly than anyone else I know”


“ I want people to feel” she expresses “ not look or see.. but actually feel the emotion of the person staring back at them from the canvas, my canvas is a jail keeping my characters in place.. the only thing I can let escape into the viewer is the emotion.. The state of which time stood still for a while.. &  for a reason.


 Sara then explains more about what drives her to paint “I love tragedies” she continues “ that incident.. When the “you “before it is nothing like the “you” afterwards.

They are elements of transformation.. Like fire is to whatever it burns… it scars your skin.. that incident whether it’s  the loss of a dear one , a broken heart or any sort of pressure .. It always leaves a mark.. both physical and emotional.. Your face literally changes.. if you know what I mean.


She then explains the importance of music in the process of making her art “ I can’t paint without music.. Just as important as that brush is to me... So is the state I’m in.. What I need to express needs a marching band to come out to the world” making art to me is like giving birth,, from complete emptiness.. Comes a face.. An emotion,, a colored one.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

I have never felt more nostalgic regarding anything as much as I did towards my old studio, since I moved out last year I’ve completely went homesick : I can’t paint nor do I have the appetite to do so. I guess the situation back home hasn’t been helping as well,, I see other artist painting & exhibiting with wide smiles looking great regardless the chaos in the country and the daily problems on the street and I wonder are they living in a bubble that it doesn’t affect their mental state?? or is it me who’s way to sensitive to my surroundings that any change will cause a complete disruption in my creative system.

These are some old snaps of my painting heaven,,,