EXHIBITION | Glimpse of Nature

Saturday, December 5, 2020

This exhibition is an exploration of the limitless possibilities for nature to be both a vessel and medium for creativity. Nature can be a source of inspiration as well as a source of materials for art. While nature itself, and the moments we spend amidst it, are ephemeral, they can be immortalized through artistic interpretations.

Nature is not limited to our organic preconceptions of it. It can be consumed artistically through analogue and digital techniques. When considering nature, it would be amiss to forget how natural settings have been impacted by humans. Just as our humanity, the environment can shift, transform and mutate. Therefore, in this exhibition, artists play with nature respectfully to present a humanized nature. From mimicking, observing, upcycling to digitizing nature, artists explore different mediums and techniques to translate their ongoing dialogue with their surroundings.

“Glimpse of Nature” brings together a diverse range of practices and processes presented by current and past members of the Fire Station: Artist in Residence Program. This exhibition features works by May Almannai, Aisha Al-Muhannadi, Fatma Alnaimi, Naila Al-Thani, Amena Al-Yousef, Nourbanu Hijazi, Michael Perrone, Mariam Rafehi, Guillaume Rouseré and Titika Stamouli.

Organized and curated by Saida Ali Al-Khulaifi, Amal Zeyad Ali and Maha AlSubaey.

May Almannai is a visual artist and illustrator. She works in mixed media combining digital, traditional painting and creating watercolor pigments. She was in residence at the Fire Station, 2017-2018.

Aisha Al-Muhannadi is a photographer and filmmaker. Her work focuses on cultural experiences, nature and people. She is in residence at the Fire Station, 2019-2020.

Fatima Alnaimi is visual artist. Her work focuses on finding the meanings associated with form through paintings and installations. She was in residence at the Fire Station, 2017-2018.

Naila Al-Thani is a designer and researcher. Her work intersects fashion, technology and bio-design, creating crafted garments, 3D printed textiles, and performance/ exhibition pieces. She is in residence at the Fire Station, 2019-2020.

Amena Al-Yousef is a painter who focuses on nature and considers her paintings to be a continuous study to connect with it and understand our modern society’s disconnection from it. She is in residence at the Fire Station, 2019-2020.

Nourbanu Hijazi is a multidisciplinary artist. Her works aim to explore the human condition from philosophical and psychological perspectives, through surreal and mythological themes. She was in residence at the Fire Station, 2018-2019.

Michael Perrone is a painter, currently working as an Assistant Professor of Painting at VCUarts Qatar. He Studied Art and Art Education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania. He was in residence at the Fire Station, 2018-2019.

Mariam Rafehi is an interdisciplinary designer. Her work focuses on creating alternative worlds in virtual reality (VR), exposing her audiences to unfamiliar experiences. She is in residence at the Fire Station, 2019-2020.

Guillaume Rouseré is a sound artist who explores the influence of sound on how people feel in their environment. He works across formats from soundscapes to immersive installations and interactive sound sculptures. He was in residence at the Fire Station, 2018-2019.

Titika Stamouli is a Visual Artist and Filmmaker. Her work includes large-scale paintings, installations, performance, video and photography exploring social, political and environmental issues that affect our lives. She was in residence at the Fire Station, 2016-2017.

Location: Gallery 4, Fire Station
Opening: November 5, 2020 at 9am
Exhibition will run until December 5

Gallery hours:
Saturday to Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday: 1:30pm – 7pm