Muscat: A collection of paintings and sculptures by a group of Omani woman artists was unveiled at Bait Muzna Gallery on Monday evening.
The artists included Aida Al Balushi, Amina Al Balushi, Ameera Al Amri, Rahma Al Hajri, Shadia Al Mughairi, and Sameera Al Yaqoobi. They were all students at the Art Education programme at SQU in the late 1990s and, after graduating, came together to form the Al Hurf group of artists.
Their exhibition at Bait Muzna was based upon a book by Omani author Dr Zuweina Al Kalbani. Their work reflects the characters in Al Kalbani's fairytale, as seen through each artists' interpretation.
"Samira views the character with flowing generosity, while Amina has a more practical view. Rahma's interpretation is organized, whereas Aida sees the character through peaceful and forgiving eyes, but Amina is the realist and sees things for what they are.
Each woman shows her view of the characters," explained Monique El Helou, who opened the exhibition.
Speaking about her work, Rahma Al Hajri said her paintings reflected the characters' interactions and emotional or family connections. One of the most inspiring characters was an ugly boy who goes to a cave where people love him, in spite of his looks.
Shadia Al Mughairi's work also examined the people in the cave and their desire to escape. Her black and white abstract, almost cartoon-like figures stared off a vivid red canvas, creating a strong emotion in the work.
"We tell you a story with our paintings," said Amina Al Balushi, whose work included playful, cubist portraits of the characters and giant Styrofoam sculptures into which abstract faces were carved and painted.
The exhibition, which was opened by Dr. Abdullah Al Harrasi, Chairman of the Public Authority for Radio and Television, was displayed until October 10.