Thirty Daily Greetings – Day 25 – Mother and India


Fatima Killeen
Mother and India 2012
Acrylic, sand, wood, lace, found objects
68cm x 37cm x 17cm

This shrine/drawer is an expression of the love and yearning for home and family. It is the biggest compromise of all and I share this great void with Nasreen. Every time I leave my family back home I can feel my heart is hurting as I see everyone standing in the distance behind.

When Nasreen spoke about missing her mother back in India, I couldn’t resist the temptation to make this work as a tribute to my own mother who passed away years ago in Morocco.

I placed cinnamon sticks underneath the lace; this always reminds me of my mother’s hugs….

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Thirty Daily Greetings – Day 24 – The water jar


Fatima Killeen
The water jar 2012
Conversations of Compromises
A series of seven artworks
Acrylic, sand, wood, found objects
68cm x 35cm x 17cm

The drawer/shrine cherishes a cycle of life that is sustained by women back home in Bangladesh for Nasreen. This cycle begins from the heart as it trickles through the earthen jars of water and flourishes in a shape of earthen roses. I learned from this multi-level story that women are the back-bone of the family life. They look after their children, maintain their homes and are continuously having to carry jars of water.

Article in the Australian Financial Review (PDF) – CLICK HERE
Article in the City News – Canberra (PDF) – CLICK HERE

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Thirty Daily Greetings – Day 23 – Woven Prayer


Woven Prayer 2007
Collaboration by John & Fatima Killeen
Wood, acrylic, embossed paper, ink, tarlitan
220cm x 117cm x 104cm

Arabic reads:  The only conqueror is God

At the Friday prayer from a raised pulpit called the “minbar,” the congregation listens to sermons, proclamations and readings from the Koran performed by the Imam at the mosque. My construction of the minbar housing a loom within is an attempt to create a spiritual escape from the ruthlessness of war resulting from the materialistic world, and greed over who can own most of the Arab oil. Women in the war zone have taken charge of the burial of their husbands & sons, providing for their families and overseeing the well-being of their faith and spirituality.

The writing of the Muslim prayer normally whispered in a baby’s ear at birth and also at time of death embraces a shroud being made ready for burial. The on-going prayer creates a cathartic journey to a place of eternal peace and a withdrawal from the ongoing war that would not interfere with short moments of inner peace.

The writing encircles the top & base of the minbar providing a place of comfort and equality chanting the words “the only conqueror is God”. This reminds us that we all endure the same fate and that we are all equal before God, the same God worshipped by Christians, Jews and Muslims.

My work is a desperate outreach for spirituality as a human quest for peace and healing.

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Thirty Daily Greetings – Day 22 – The world stood there to watch No.3


Fatima Killeen
The world stood there to watch No.3 2009
Collograph (Not in my name)
Oil, embossed paper, acrylic, found objects, wood
60cm(h) x 50cm(w) x 15cm(d)

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Thirty Daily Greeting – Day 21 – The world stood there to watch No 2


Fatima Killeen
The world stood there to watch No 2 – 2009
Lace, paper roses, acrylic, found objects, mirror, sand, wood
60cm(h) x 50cm(w) x 15cm(d)

Arabic: The weakest of faith!

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Thirty Daily Greetings – Day 20 – The world stood there to watch


Fatima Killeen
The world stood there to watch No.1 – 2009
Embossed paper, mirror, acrylic, wire, found objects, wood
60cm(h) x 50cm(w) x 15cm(d)

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Thirty Daily Greetings – Day 19 – She is still weaving through the night (detail)


Fatima Killeen
She is still weaving through the night   2006
Detail
Yarn, bamboo, muslin, ink, wood, acrylic
169cm x 107cm

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Thirty Daily Greetings – Day 18 – I will write I promise


Fatima Killeen
I will write, I promise  2000
112 colour collographs and etchings
136cm x 168cm

My work evolved around writing letters to my deceased mother as a way of staying in touch as if she is still there. These pieces are about treasuring the little time I had with her and our very close relationship.

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Thirty Daily Greetings – Day 17 – She is still weaving through the night


Fatima Killeen
She is still weaving through the night   2006
Yarn, bamboo, muslin, ink, wood, acrylic
169cm x 107cm

The loom is a special combination of patience and anticipation – it comes alive when warped and dies when the warp is cut to free the cloth. In Morocco the loom is respected and it is often protected from the evil eye by the Hand of Fatima. The Harvest of the Loom is as equally celebrated as the Harvest of the Field.  Wool and grain are the natural gifts of the earth that hold all mysteries of life. My work is a tribute to the memory of my mother who patiently spent many nights behind her loom, weaving with anticipation to harvest many woven gifts.

She is still weaving through the night - Fatima Killeen - www.fatimakilleen.com

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Thirty Daily Greetings – Day 16 – The Irony of Al-Andalus


Fatima Killeen                                                                                                                               The Irony of Al Andalus  2003                                                                                                   Mixed media on wood                                                                                                                              70cm x 90cm

 Arabic script reads:  “The only conqueror is God”

 Spain owes [its’] importance of history largely to the Arab-Muslims. The Moors conquered a large area of the country from 710-1492. They gave it the name of                  Al Andalus, along with many great cultural achievements.  To this day, the great architectural testaments of the Moors, such as the Alhambra and the Great Mosque of Cordoba, form the pillars of modern Spanish tourism.  The Moors are now the excluded ones, the outcasts and the illegal immigrants from North Africa, especially Morocco. 

Many perish attempting to reach the Spanish shores.  Small boats often capsize during the journey across the Straits of Gibraltar. Those who reach Spain are committed to a life of work as cheap labour.  Illegal Moroccan workers sustain the Spanish economy, which would disintegrate without their labour.  They live in slums, without access to proper housing or education for their children.   

Residency for most illegal workers is a dream. 

The Irony of Al Andalus - Fatima Killeen - www.fatimakilleen.com

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