These two exceptional samples of the Moroccan-born, New York based artist's work are up for resale at advantageous prices (primary market price is $16,500). The Artist has exhibited widely, is in numerous international museum collections, and has been written about extensively.
Converging Territories #13 | Edition #9/15
Les Femmes du Maroc #1 | Edition #1/15
Both works 30 x 40 in. | $13,500 each
Essaydi’s work challenges both historic and contemporary constructs. These images counter perspectives of the work they reference- the Orientalists painters. Essaydi’s work fights against the stereotypes of the sexualized male gaze expressed by western Oriantalists, and is also subtly critical of the role Women are traditionally allowed by the Islamic world.
The work is exquisite. It is deeply personal, detailed, and labor intensive. The artist spends months on fabrics and hours with subjects, covering them all in a text of Arabic written with henna. The text is the artist’s own life story- her diary literally covers the scenes.
When we perceive Essaydi’s figures they appear at first to be more a part of the space than individuals in it. What is special about these particular works, one from Converging Territories, the other from Les Femmes du Maroc, is the interaction between figures revealed by the group dynamic; there is a quiet but powerful sense of camaraderie and strength. The act of writing itself is a symbol of revolt, as women were not traditionally allowed to be educated.