“They recruited women because they could pass through check points without detection and would not raise suspicion when planting bombs,”
Faulwell recalled to HuffPost.
The canvases of “Les Femmes D’Alger” combine the positive and negative images of these women that persist today, rendering their figures as both sinister and auspicious, shadowy yet vibrant. As the title notes, the works also channel the treatment of women by the old masters of art. Referencing pieces by both Eugene Delacroix and Pablo Picasso, Faulwell turns away from art history’s tendency to eroticize the female body and instead depicts the women as warriors.
About the artist
Of his own work, Faulwell says:
“My work explores the relationship between political faith and religious faith through the historical examination of the political climate in the post World War Two Middle East. Through works about various rulers and movements in the region as well as female Algerian freedom fighters I attempt to re-examine these important moments in history while delving into the conflicts between religion and politics at this time while also acknowledging the similarities religion and politics share. Many of my works reference Islamic, Jewish and Christian art as well as more contemporary methods of painting, digital media and collage.
My works combines digitally manipulated photographs of historical figures cut out into geometric and organic patterns with carious elements of abstract painting. Some of the collage elements are flat others have dimensionality. Some of the paint is applied in layers of flat thin washes or opaque line work while other elements are applied with texture and dimensionality.
Through my work I hope to re-examine history while also touching on the broader social, religious and politics issues related to these historical events that still effect our lives today.”
Please get more information about Asad Faulwell on his website.