Acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
I admire the independent self-reliant Arab woman and this great figure of a woman has long been a part of many of my exhibitions. Unfortunately the media's portrayal of the Arab woman is that of a weak timid human being. Yes you will see the widow, the mother of a martyr or a single woman, but these women are proud, strong and willing to live to give and to love. Of course the over-powered and helpless is also part of the Arab community, but that woman is also part of many Western communities.
The great Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani once said, "Rise against a culture that foresees you as a feast upon a bed," and I used this poem in this painting. I see women of all races the same way; she can either rise and be a figure to be followed or just be a browbeaten minion.
While Hilda Hiary lives and works in her native Jordan, she is a global citizen and has exhibited at renowned venues i in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and Middle East. She obtained a BA in Sociology and Political Science at the University of Jordan and a BA of Fine Art at Zitouna University.
Hilda has held solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in the Middle East, Europe and the US. Over the years, her prolific presence and persistence has vaulted her to the top of a select group of female artists of Middle East origin being recognized globally.