Qinza Visual Artist

“Stretch(ed)” is a series of figural paintings on machine and handwoven carpets. Ubiquitous in households across much of the Middle East, a Persian-style rug, whether utilitarian or high-end status symbol, is commonly located at the center of a family’s domestic and social lives. Elongated female figures painted on the carpets stretch to their limits to fulfill competing roles and expectations and alternately, as an act of empowerment, to push beyond both external limitations and their personal comfort zones. The figures expand to dominate the carpets' area, appearing and disappearing in an uneasy equilibrium with the background, suggesting the multitudes contained within an individual. Exploring contradiction and the culture clash between contemporary life and the reactionary traditional world, this series navigates around issues of feminism, cultural traditions, values and roles of women in the 21st century.

  •  Red road acrylic on carpet 48x24'' 2017

    Red road acrylic on carpet 48x24'' 2017

  •  Grey road, acrylic on carpet 48x24'' 2017

    Grey road, acrylic on carpet 48x24'' 2017

  •  Xenia, acrylic on carpet 60x48'' 2017

    Xenia, acrylic on carpet 60x48'' 2017

  •  Red & gold, acrylic on carpet 72x48'' 2017

    Red & gold, acrylic on carpet 72x48'' 2017

  •  Black and turquoise, acrylic on carpet 72x30'' 2017

    Black and turquoise, acrylic on carpet 72x30'' 2017

  •  Orange box, acrylic on carpet 48x24'' 2017.jpg

    Orange box, acrylic on carpet 48x24'' 2017.jpg

  •  Black & Red, acrylic on carpet 48x24'' 2017

    Black & Red, acrylic on carpet 48x24'' 2017

  •  Purple & yellow, acrylic on carpet 65x42'' 2017.jpg

    Purple & yellow, acrylic on carpet 65x42'' 2017.jpg

  •  Blue & Yellow, acrylic on carpet 72x48'' 2017

    Blue & Yellow, acrylic on carpet 72x48'' 2017

  •  Upside down head, acrylic on carpet 72x48'' 2016

    Upside down head, acrylic on carpet 72x48'' 2016