Description When I first arrived in the Sultanate of Oman, I was immediately captured by the colourful traditional dress of the Omani people. And today, after more than 6 years since I first stepped foot on this beautiful country, the Omani dress continues to be a source of inspiration. This piece was the first in which I included the male subject, standing proudly and wearing the 'khanjar' around his waist. The female is wearing the old traditional bridal colours. And if you're wondering why I opted for blank anonymous faces, it's because I wanted the viewers' attention to be completely focused on my subjects' dress! Hope you opt for a reproduction. Thanks for visiting!
Stephanie Borg, Malta Member Since May 2009 Artist Statement I love colour! It's what urges me to start a new artwork. I don't usually have an exact idea of what my finished piece will look like and the process is always daunting ~ I am filled with both confidence and insecurity. Inks are still my preferred medium and I get quite a thrill working with them ~ each brushstroke is an irreversible moment of truth, discovery and magic in which I try to capture the expression in that unique moment.
I believe that inspiration is everywhere, and sometimes I'm not even aware of it at the moment I'm experiencing it. However, my own state of being always plays an important role in my choice of colour, medium and form. This awareness helps me keep redefining myself ~ casting off the old me in search of the new. I don't like labelling my work because I find that limiting. Experiences, influences and thinking affect the working process of an artist, and these can bring unpredictable and exciting changes.
I am self-taught artist and graphic designer. I have worked as a graphic designer for about 20 years, both in my native Malta and overseas. Malta has been my home for most of my life, but I have also lived in The Bahamas, Florida (USA), Italy and the Sultanate of Oman. Such living experiences have enriched my love for colour, pattern and texture.