It mostly looks like abstract images of people.
Hi Jerry - I wish I knew what the artist was thinking on this one. It's definitely harder to figure out than the others. I am getting faces, bodies, fire and water.
To me all these images seem to come out of Western art (one of your earlier mosaic photos reminds me of Matisse), this one has elements that remind me of Cubism. It is odd that nothing looks like anything typically Islamic or even middle eastern. It almost looks as if these students were given an school project and this is what came out of it. Just look at the image you posted a few days ago of a girl in what might be a wedding dress. It certainly is a Western dress not an Arab one (just look at the neckline). Now there is nothing unusual about a student copying images in an art class. Again I find it very odd that these students are expressing themselves in a way that seems almost entirely western.
I was struck by the same notion, Jerry. It was actually quite surprising to me to see so much western influence in these students' art. Much of the art that I have seen around Jeddah is religious in nature - verses from the Q'uran in calligraphic script. Out of the dozens of mosaics in this group, there were very few that reflected the religion or this culture. I'll look through my pics again and see if I can post something for you which reflects the culture. Another problem with these mosaics is that many haven't fared too well over the years. Some have lost all of their tiles!
Most art students don't think of permanence and even those that do, don't think of an outdoor installation. When I made mosaics in high school (I attended a Saturday program in Newark NJ run out of a public school), we used Elmer's glue. Of course our work was only going to be shown indoors in a school show.
These are fascinating murals. Anytime you feel like it, post one of these on Monday Mural. We'd welcome your participation.
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