Exhibitions | In Waiting
Walaa Dakak’s solo exhibition, IN WAITING, displayed a series of profound works of art, representing life and the act of waiting and longing that humans undergo throughout their lifetimes as time passes.
Dakak depicts the passage of time through rain and raindrops as he proclaims rain as the oldest symbol of waiting - a rather age-old Arab tradition as rainfall is scarce in the Middle East and considered a blessing. He paints the moment rain touches the earth, which is a symbol of the start of life. He paints raindrops suspended in space and time, questioning its aftermath. His paintings from this series often include large clouds of fog suspended within the canvas. Dakak’s art is filled with a sensitivity to the world around him, and the human condition, as he is readily able to connect with his audience through a universal truth: the passage of time.
Artist Statement On the Exhibition
"All is in Suspension…
Matter, Dreams, thoughts, even us, humans….
Their apparent connection is but an elusive stability
Always going in circles as if a matter of fate.
Situations continually await others, we live in a state of anticipation…be it our hope to live or expectation of relief.
The problem lies in their perpetual continuity…all that happens is a delusion.
When I draw time, I draw it through rain being the oldest symbol of waiting in old methodologies. I hold the moment where a drop of rain joins the earth, in an instant of birth, or a crush, to manifest in ripples of repetition.
At the top, fog hangs aloof yet present, releasing drops of rain towards earth examining its fate in silence.
I paint rain drops hanging in mid-air to fathom its aftermath, not apprehending which is truth and which is reality."