How can one become a trap for hearts, or in other words, a constant harvester of the love of others? A question that has kept literature and the arts busy for a long time, and its visions and treatments differed, but it seems that it is still strongly raised.Egyptian plastic artist Nadia Wahdan addressed it again through 30 paintings in her current exhibition at Samah Gallery in Cairo.
In the novel “In the Love Trap” by the Korean author David Yoon, which is one of the novels that recently addressed this question and has been translated into sixteen world languages, the reader may find that the answer lies in breaking down many restrictions. with regard to love, which the author described as “one of the sublime feelings.” No language can express it and give its right. ” But in her new exhibition entitled “The Trap of Hearts,” Nadia Wahdan leads us to another answer, which is: “A feeling of contentment.” In this reality, but whoever of us achieves contentment and satisfaction, his heart is flooded with the abundance of life. ” She continues: “Consent leads man to a great area of coexistence, tranquility and psychological peace in spite of all the hardships of life.”
But what does this have to do with hunting hearts ?! When the recipient contemplates the characters of her paintings, he feels this relationship strongly, as he finds himself in front of a breathtaking beauty, of a different kind, not based on characteristics as much as his liberation from the purity of the soul and purity. expression of satisfaction gave his characters auras of calm and serenity and gave them a delicate dreamy atmosphere, which confirmed that certainty in the idea that goodness in what we have is the way to achieve the captivating beauty.
Wahdan, professor of drawing and painting at the Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University, says: “When one reaches the level of satisfaction, a person rises with love in his behavior and dealings with people, and becomes a maker of hope and love of life, ignores hatred and harm, away from the siege of artificial life, so that he attracts others, and of Here it is said (splendor is the snare of hearts).
And about her choice of wife to express her human cause, she explains: “In my work I take the woman as an icon to express the man, because of the aesthetic qualities she wears, but I am not too worried about formal appearance. conscience, thus removing the barriers between the visual and imaginary visions.
Despite the use of the weeping of angels as a symbol of purity and innocence, it did not fall into the trap of the traditional direct method. It succeeded in giving the works a spiritual aspect with an emotional impact on the viewer to an intended amount of idealism. She says: “The meanings transcend the emotional, far from any time or place. The embodiment of angels was used, and wings were added to some characters as a metaphor for the idea of flight and exaltation, so the characters were embodied as forms. mixed with feelings.
But do not angels stand in the way of the embodiment of the ongoing natural conflict between good and evil? The artist replies: “This is what it is! “A person’s attainment of a sense of satisfaction calms all his inner struggle and clears the vision before him, without being limited to direct visual analogies.”
The artist used the symbolic method in many works. In the painting “Teardrop”, for example, she relied on plastic elements with visual relationships that give expressive connotations of body language as the woman mediates the work, and her body emerges from the middle. . of the delicate pink flowers, while a black crow stood on her head and crow The woman appeared with calm features, but a tear fell on her cheek, to find ourselves in front of a confused image by the scribbles and gray textures appearing in the background, as well as the different effects of the brush on the body and face in acrylic colors, and the body is mixed with the roses according to chromatic techniques that created a mixing relationship between the shape And the soil, by the tangible effects of pink use the drawing knife over the canvas.
She says: “Through this composition I have tried to express the violence to which women are subjected, which despite its cruelty; It stays and coexists and is a source of giving to everyone around it so that life can go on, and it has deliberately used this contrast between gray and pink to achieve a relationship of rapprochement and comparison that reaches the point has to mix conflicting human characteristics.
In the “Hope” painting we find that it used the angel’s knife and contained the group of roses to embody the concept of strong will, and relied on a light color group of pink and yellow in addition to white around the viewer allow to extend the time of meditation; To explain the connection between the real and imaginary world. This painting consists of three parts and connects them through a single white wing of the woman in the background, which extends to the right and left. She says: “I wanted to emphasize the need for man to hold on to hope, no matter how difficult life is. on him, and no matter how much his enemy (the crow) suffers from him. ” She expressed the pains of life in gray degrees on a small space, while the shiny side took up most of the space, creating a sense of one’s ability to resist and reach.