Hanaa MALALLAH (1958)
Title:
المتعبدان - Worshipers
Medium:
Oil on Board
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‘’The Two Worshipers ‘’ (1987-89) is one of two artworks were executed together. The work shows: my interest in experimenting capacity of material, my desire to standing at the threshold between figurative and abstract, and carrying out my early research in applying three-dimensional work in two dimensions surface, as the work was constructed of mixed media colours layered over cement Bas-Relief on wooden base. This work which depicts Mesopotamian two worshipers at cabinet of archaeological museum of Baghdad, show; as well, my early research on sensibility and aesthetics of destruction within ancient artefacts at the museum.

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Hanaa MALALLAH - 1989
Title:
Name of The Green
Medium:
Oil on Board
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‘’Name of The Green’’ (1989) is one work of body of works constructed my first solo titled ‘’ Documents of The Museum Visits’’ (1991 Baghdad). Archaeological Museum played an important role in my practice over decades until I fled Iraq late 2006. The museum was a source of much inspiration side by side with our surrounding of wars annihilation, and that shapes my technique (Ruins Techniques) and my practice aspect in that time which I term as (Significant Abstract) or (Implicit Abstraction), and these two components appear in this work clearly

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Hanaa MALALLAH - 1989
Title:
Baghdad Old City Maze (Map)
Medium:
Mixed Media on Board
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‘’Baghdad Old City Maze (Map) (1993) is a work from my second solo exhibition titled ‘’Baghdad, Geography, People And Signs’’.  The exhibition bases on research was conducted about daily life and history of the city after Gulf war one 1991. I began to see Baghdad as a city of many layers of destruction and began to imagine its history in cross-section, a sort of cultural core sample. Two wars had shown me how quickly the city could alter. At the same time, it made me aware of the endless cycles of building and destruction. Baghdad has seen since the 8th century when it was founded. In any case, this is when I started to distress materials, something that is still integral to my practice. This Monochromic Bas-wooden- relief depicts my imagination of old map of Baghdad. The central golden circle at the work indicates to the first founded- fiery map of the city

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Hanaa MALALLAH - 1993
Title:
The Grisaille Pavement
Medium:
Mixed Media on Board
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‘’The Grisaille Pavement ‘’ (1993). This work is one of series of drawings and wall installation was part of my second solo exhibition in Baghdad.

I began to collect incidental material, ‘artefact’ from the city, bricks from broken pavement, and recreated it on the floor: a geography of signs, debris of human presence. As though creating an archive of the moment. This works depicts section of pavement of street of Baghdad. The size and pattern of the bricks resemble the size, shape and colour of actual pavement bricks there.  The work wooden Bas- relief with cement

 

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Hanaa MALALLAH - 1993
Title:
Following Traces
Medium:
Mixed Media on Canvas
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‘’Following Traces’’ (1994) this work shows how my work is strongly underpinned by theory, mathematics and logic, in any case, by 1994 with my third solo I was getting increasingly fascinated with signs, symbols and traces – the idea of obscuring or clarifying meaning. This many layered canvas work with collage based on grid composition is good example of term I call it; ‘’Abstraction of Concept’’.  I also began eliminating colour from my work. I reduced colour in order to clarify for myself the meaning of Abstraction of Concept. That mean the abstraction in this series of works is much different from traditional one as much as from symbolism

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Hanaa MALALLAH - 1994
Title:
Untitled
Medium:
Mixed Media on Canvas Laid on Board
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This is not complete artwork, it's more like training on materials, so it's just rough sketche

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Hanaa MALALLAH - 1995
Title:
Untitled
Medium:
Mixed Media on Canvas Laid on Board
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Hanaa MALALLAH - 1995
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This is not complete artwork, it's more like training on materials, so it's just rough sketche

Title:
Pattern and Chaotic Surface
Medium:
Mixed Media on Board
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‘’Pattern and Chaotic Surface’’ (2000), this engraving wood work with specific pattern resembles pattern of ancient Mesopotamian pottery before discovering writing

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Hanaa MALALLAH - 2000
Title:
The Mesopotamian Swastika
Medium:
Mixed Media on Board
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 ‘’The Mesopotamian Swastika’’ (2002) This work appears mono-chrome, but, actually, the first original layer was Polychromatic then layered over with heavy paint of white. The work had been influenced by my research; I began to refine my concepts which led me to take an MA in semiotics focusing on the icon – a sign with many attributions and meanings: the swastika, a Mesopotamian form, is a good example. I also began eliminating colour from my work. I reduced colour in order to clarify for myself the meaning of kind of abstraction I deal with. The primary element of abstract art is colour – there is blue, there is red. But I have many questions about colour. When there is green in nature, there are good reasons for it, but what does colour mean to my work? Really, I keep delaying a deep investigation of this question; it is very problematic for me

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Hanaa MALALLAH - 2002
Title:
Standard of Baghdad
Medium:
Mixed Media on Canvas (Double Face)
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‘’Standard of Baghdad’’(2004), this work refers to the Condolence Banners which covered almost of street wall of building of Baghdad after 2003 violence. The grid surface in the work was built by tessellated paper squares affixed on canvas, each 5x5cm. The way in which each square join others and the gabs between them refer to the fragility and fragmented of the surfaces and composition. And that link to the situation in Baghdad in that time, as well, the blackness which cover almost of the work. There are numbers and signs in the work specially in the black side. These acutely, some words in number and I wrote them in this deliberately, so, no one can read them unless has the code

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Hanaa MALALLAH - 2006