NIGHT 23 – THE STORY OF NUR AL-DIN AND SHAMS AL-DIN

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KAVKAZ

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The wilderness of the mighty Caucasus mountains (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) – a beautiful, wondrous corner of the world where the generosity flows as freely as the wine, friends simultaneously burst into polyphonic song when seeing off loved ones at the airport and where my now-husband and I also realised we really could be together. The Caucasus is a spirit, not just a mountain range. My tribute to one of our favourite, best-loved parts of the world ~

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NIGHT 22 – THE STORY OF NUR AL-DIN AND SHAMS AL-DIN

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LITTLE FLOATING ISLAND

A little floating island suspended by a magic flying carpet, which is itself unravelling (simultaneously being the roots of the island), so the floating status of the island is rendered precarious, since it is slowly sinking. A kind of limbo. This was really magical to paint and it just came to me, one morning, and I completed it in two days. Sometimes art takes several years to complete  and sometimes it comes like this, in a flash, clear as day, and all I have to do is just to let my hands do it ~

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NIGHT 20 – HARUN AL-RASHID AND THE FISHERMAN’S CHEST

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UNIVERSAL CINEMA

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All are welcome at my Universal Cinema for the universe and everyone in it. There are seats on floating islands scattered around as well as in the main amphitheatre and all anticipate the beginning of the movie. That Friday night movie night feeling before the film starts. Cinema is a wonderful way to bring people together. Da da da… da da da…da da DA da da da…. Universal Studios credits start rolling and the sun slowly rises behind the Earth. Everyone looks forward to the film ~