Mohamed Monaiseer, Talisman, 2015, Ink, tempera, and acrylic on fabric, 226 x 223 cm

Mohamed Monaiseer’s work looks at the evolution of story telling and fables, while exploring magic and mystical languages. The Storyteller series is based on an event Monaiseer heard from a village elder. The story follows a dog protecting a family of birds from dangerous foxes, however when the dog gets sick he is chained down by the villagers, leaving the birds unprotected and ultimately killed by the foxes. In return, the villagers decide to kill the foxes for their deadly act, thus completing the circle of life. The tale bears great similarities to old fables, despite it being based on true events, with its morals and parallels to social issues.

Untitled (Red & Green) also tackles themes of the magical and fantastical. Here the artist looks at the power of the written word. On both textiles, words are repeated, contorted, and manipulated making them illegible. He has created a para-language for the purposes of the mystical. The text is a form of a preternatural language or script said to be associated with uses of magic. In this case, the words refer to jealousy and envy (green), and romance and love spells (red). His work sheds light on the use of alternate understandings and realities to explain human interactions.
Mohamed Monaiseer, Talisman, 2015, Ink, tempera, and acrylic on fabric, 226 x 223 cm

Mohamed Monaiseer’s work looks at the evolution of story telling and fables, while exploring magic and mystical languages. The Storyteller series is based on an event Monaiseer heard from a village elder. The story follows a dog protecting a family of birds from dangerous foxes, however when the dog gets sick he is chained down by the villagers, leaving the birds unprotected and ultimately killed by the foxes. In return, the villagers decide to kill the foxes for their deadly act, thus completing the circle of life. The tale bears great similarities to old fables, despite it being based on true events, with its morals and parallels to social issues.

Untitled (Red & Green) also tackles themes of the magical and fantastical. Here the artist looks at the power of the written word. On both textiles, words are repeated, contorted, and manipulated making them illegible. He has created a para-language for the purposes of the mystical. The text is a form of a preternatural language or script said to be associated with uses of magic. In this case, the words refer to jealousy and envy (green), and romance and love spells (red). His work sheds light on the use of alternate understandings and realities to explain human interactions.