Crime and Punishments

The idea of this painting takes the story of “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie, in which a three-year-old child was kidnapped and killed by a man, despite collecting the ransom from her wealthy family. The murderer was caught, but fled the country after he was acquitted. But after many years, he was killed on the Orient Express train by 13 people from the family, seeking the justice that he had averted. Applying this idea to the genocide or holocaust, this illustrates the idea that in the case of a victim of genocide or holocaust, the criminals should be punished and justice take place. Therefore, I borrowed the title “Crime and Punishment” from Dostoevsky’s novel.
One can identify genocide or holocaust as surreal nightmare moments against humanity; and the surrealists referenced Freud’s theory of psychosexualism in which he divided the human psyche into: conscious, unconscious and preconscious. The painting is also divided in three equal parts: Heaven, life and hell. Every part filled out its erotic symbols in order to disguise the repressed or “latent” content in interplay of words and images in terms of condensation, displacement and distortion according to the mythologies, religions and sciences from human history.

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I born-again in America. I'm a self–taught artist , paints, draws, uses printing making and collage to express stories from his previous life experience. My non-representational style is deliberate as try to dissect mythological stories, fairy tales, movies…etc, and combines these ideas in a modern day context. Thus forming a sometimes provocative picture which pokes fun at these long standing institutions and beliefs. l was born in Mesopotamia, a land steeped with a rich historical background, all of which would later be suppressed by a visually limited regime. Americana imagery from comic books and movies provided relief and began to shape his young mind. Sketching, watercolor and pastels helped him escape into his art world. I spent six years in the army and describes this as ‘the worst time of his life’ and yet this too would provide influence in his work. Ultimately it has made Michael seek Freedom. The goal of which is to have freedom of thought. Moving to the US has helped me to realize my need to create art again. Taking art classes has renewed his respect for the “old masters” and their influence is seen as I begin many artworks with the beacon of the human form and builds visual stories filled with deliberate symbols around them. I have shown my work at three exhibitions at the GCC Gallery and have won two People’s Choice Awards.

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