Alia E. El-Bermani

Alia E. El-Bermani Public Restroom oil on panel 20"x 30"

 Alia E. El-Bermani Becoming oil on panel 24" x 24" 2009

Alia E. El-Bermani Corset oil on panel 20"x16" 2006

These women are not strictly nudes, but are inhabiting the private space of bathrooms, and so are quite fit for this month's theme of "bathers".

I came across the paintings of Alia E. El-Bermani in her interview on the Painting Perceptions site. I became thoroughly intriqued with her paintings, and also with something she says about her process- that her paintings actually begin with her writing out her thoughts. In other words, her work begins as narrative. 

And such realistic and compelling narratives they are! Ah, women and mirrors- what a complex and lifelong relationship, as illustrated in this painful poem by Sylvia Plath:


I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
What ever you see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful---
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.
Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.

- Silvia Plath

You can see some of Alia E. El-Bermani's paintings in a current exhibition in New York City,  which will run through November 29, 2012.

I love paint and I love ideas. When both are in sync, 

I find my most successful images.
-Alia E. El-Bermani

Inspired by Jon Redmond's paintings, the month of November will be dedicated to the theme of "The Nude", particularly bathers (I've decided to include swimsuits!). Please email me your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to decribe why you like it.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Taryn for introducing another wonderful artist! I enjoyed reading the interview you linked. I also found it interesting that she often begins her work by writing the narrative. Her work truly does tell very intimate stories.


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