Date of completion: 01/01/2020
Dimensions with frame base: 57H x 26W x 7D Inches
Main artwork: wooden panel, foam, Bondo, fiberglass, screws and wire, epoxy clay, glass, oil primer, artist grade oil paints.
Frame and base: heavy duty wood construction, plywood, epoxy clay, acrylic paint, mounting hardware.
Main artwork is attached to the frame.
About The Artwork
The goal of this piece is to accent the issues of patriarchy and challenge the status quo which comes with the blind trust of authority. This concerns idealization of any particular individual or a group.
As humans we all need a strong father figure, a rock we can lean on; a promise of a bright future after death… It is not my place to tell anyone what that paternal role should be, but, I hope we can reach a point in our lifetime when perceived safety doesn’t come at a high cost that children have to pay. In my opinion, starting difficult conversations is bringing us a step closer to peace.
To empathize the point I’m trying to make, I’ve crowned the artwork with the symbol of patriarchy, which is generally associated with christian religious traditions. However, the main focus here is on the Muslim texts, called Sahih al-Bukhari. This collection dates to the nine’s century and is considered to be one of the most respected and followed texts in Sunni tradition. In the chapter called Marriage there are alleged accounts of Aisha – the youngest wife of the Prophet Muhammad, describing her wedding at the age of six (1).
Whether her quotes have reached us correctly is a subject of large debates. It is hard to follow historic events occurring thousands of years ago with much certainty. Which is exactly the point I’m trying to make. This religious text, among others, has served as a cultural blueprint for the destinies of countless women and children. Today there are government authorities that do not wish to raise the age of consent due to their unwillingness to challenge their holy Prophet (2). And the issue of child marriages is not limited to Islamic communities, but has a frighting global statistic (3).
Whether Mohammad was a good or a bad man is kind of irrelevant in the 21st century full of living and breathing patriarchs. What matters is our actions and the strive to understand what morality means to us today. I believe no prophet, father or president should be immune from scrutiny. It is time for people of all backgrounds to exercise their liberty and enforce contemporary standards onto their chosen leaders so that our future generations are proud of our legacy.
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