Merna Liddawi
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  • United Kingdom
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Art Interests
Calligraphy, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking
Artist / Personal Statement
The palimpsest of Liddawi's life – a childhood in Jordan, a grounding in the Orthodox church, a career in mathematics and science – is glimpsed through her pieces. The process is at once meditative and draws on the mystery of creation, repetition in nature and the calligraphic marks of the Arabic script. Her work opens a window onto a belief in harmonious universe and creates a space for contemplation in a world that is discordant and conflicted. For Liddawi art is a spiritual journey to discover the hidden beauty within and around us.

Using methods handed down from artisans, imagery is worked in tempera made of ground mineral and earth pigments mixed with egg yoke solution. The tempera is laid down on gessoed panels prepared in the artist's studio using a lengthy process, preparing rabbit skin glue and chalk then sanding the surface to a smooth finish. Multiple thin glazes of paint create luminous images. The panels are gilded with genuine gold leaf of various colours using medieval methods of water and oil gilding.

Process is absolutely central to the art: the authenticity of the base elements, the careful preparation of the materials and the layered depths of a gradually evolving work. The physical process of creating art was a form of worship for the medieval artist, a prayer in itself, as it can be for Liddawi too. The hidden treasures and depths glimpsed in base elements are revealed by time as if through alchemy. Yet the images created remain simple.
Accomplishments / CV
Winner of 'Lorenzo il Magnifico' painting award at Florence Biennale
Works and lives in UK

Solo Exhibtions
2017 'Revelation', Foyer Gallery, Asia House, London

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Art Rooms, Melia White House, London
2018 The APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale, The Mediterranean: A Sea of Conflicting Spiritualities, Malta

2017 Florence Biennale, International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy
2017 "Thinking Baroque", Braga, Portugal
2017 St Paul's Centre, Worthing, UK
2017 'Critical Paths', Espacio Gallery, London
2017 'Critical Paths', West Dean College, Chichester
2017 'Malamegi Lab.7', Imagoars Gallery, Venice, Italy
2017 'Contemplations', Gallery 57, Arundel, UK

2016 'Material Matters' , Leyden Gallery, London, UK
2016 'ArtGemini Prize', Asia House, London
2016 'On-Site', West Dean College, Chichester, UK
2016 'Line and Form,' West Dean, Chichester, UK

2015 'Free Range', Truman Brewery, London, UK
2015 Degree Art Show, Worthing, UK
2015 Adur Art Trail, Shoreham by sea, UK
Awards and Competitions

2017 'Lorenzo il Magnifico' painting award at Florence Biennale
2017 Shortlisted for Trustees Award, West Dean College, UK
2016 Winner of ArtGemini Painting and Sculpture prize, UK

Puplications and Articles
2017 Text by Pamela Kember
2017 Marylebone Journal
2017 Discover More
2016 Eastern Art Report

2017 MFA (Masters in Fine Art) Distinction,
West Dean College, Chichester
2015 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Northbrook College,
West Sussex
2013-2015 Open Programme, Princess School of
Traditional Arts, London
2003 Hertfordshire University PGCE/ post 16
1993 Bachelor of Science, (Physics) American
University in Cairo

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At 7:18pm on February 16, 2017, Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella said…

Hi, Merna,

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