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Primitiveness - Manal Deeb


60 cm x 80 cm

Digitally manipulated painting, printed on canvas

Primitive unconscious beliefs in humanity are naturally born along with the human birth and continue throughout the childhood stages. Those pure beliefs are the natural bridges children rely on to consciously reach out to each other without hesitation and/or boundaries.


“Primitiveness” is an artwork that represents the three religions in the innocent, yet strong, faces of the three children of faith overlooking the calamity on earth underneath them. A common bridging statement above them reveals the unconscious message to all humanity that “we have what it takes” to live a peaceful life. Meanwhile, the children do not stop by sharing a message, but rather take action by spreading a praying rug of  thousands of colors to put off the fires and invite all humanity to take a peaceful ride beyond reality to reach into their original “Primitiveness” of being humans born with  pure beliefs of acceptance.

Manal Deeb

Manal Deeb is an Arab American visual artist out of the Washington DC area. Manal had many solo and group exhibits in Washington DC, New York City, Dallas, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. Her art- work is a reflection of her original identity as  an Arab female and the contradiction in living in the US and raising three daughters.


Manal has contributed artwork for the causes of Arab females, women rights in general, and the Palestinian cause. Her artwork has recently been shown as part of the "Tortured yet rising" exhibit at the ARC Gallery, Chicago. The exhibit shed light on the desperation of females in being suppressed but they yet continue to thrive.


Manal's work presents many identities that are indistinguishable. Each identity has the same apparent memories and perceives identical surroundings, while believing, with evidence,  to be representing the real self and the actual memories. Manal studied studio arts at UIC, Chicago, and Psychology of Art at GMU, Fairfax, VA. Her studies of fine arts and psy- chology have provided her with the ability to work on her artwork as a self-therapy tool  while presenting projects with vital messages reflecting women rights in living a prosperous life.

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