OUT and ABOUT with Seeker Chick Mai-Liis – Energy Shine assistant at Cailuan Gallery.
Final night time, Saturday March sixth, I definitely skilled one thing completely new in Cornwall, though it’s an artwork kind that’s centuries outdated. What I am speaking about is the artwork of physique portray. I had the distinction of attending the opening night time of “Energy Shine” on the Cailuan Gallery. That is the joint exhibition of physique artwork by artist of Egyptian origin Yaffa Goawily and images of fashions, by her husband Kaiser Moussa. The present celebrates feminine energy by historic rituals.
As I walked in the direction of the Cailuan Gallery at 225 Pitt Avenue right here in Cornwall I used to be actually undecided what I might discover inside however was pleasantly stunned by the scent of incense, the faint lighting, religious music carried out by their good friend George and the partitions lined in great pictures (taken by Kaiser) of their pals that Yaffa adorned together with his physique artwork designs, a completely totally different really feel to the gallery than what I’m used to it.
Yaffa greeted me on the door and confirmed me round. For these unfamiliar along with her and I am positive there aren’t too many in Cornwall’s arts neighborhood who do not, Yaffa and Kaiser moved to Cornwall from Montreal, simply as Covid-19 visited us and moved in too !!! Regardless of the timing, Yaffa has been accepted into our neighborhood with open arms and is such an excellent asset along with her comfortable and constructive character, in addition to her capability to finish initiatives that showcase the fantastic thing about creative creation to everybody, that they’re artists or not and naturally, Yaffa additionally has the reward of bringing individuals collectively – socially distanced after all !!!
Under is a photograph of musician George with a spread of outdated musical devices in addition to singing bowls which all created enjoyable background sounds and a beautiful atmosphere.
After I entered the gallery I observed that the women, Yaffa, Cailan and Tracey had been barefoot, so I requested Yaffa what the which means was. She instructed me that they had been supporting Cailan by eradicating a few of their garments.
I then requested her how the curiosity in physique portray began, she instructed me that 18 years in the past, when she attended the College of Alexandria in Egypt to check wall artwork, she had a category the place they needed to paint a fruit bowl (I additionally bear in mind having a category like this once I studied artwork in school). Nevertheless, Yaffa acknowledged that she discovered it boring, so she began portray on her hand and subsequently started her journey to make use of the physique as a residing canvas. Whereas she was residing in Egypt her curiosity in physique portray was restricted however when the couple moved to Dubai she was in a position to observe it extra and naturally after they moved to Montreal the place individuals are extra open she began to develop curiosity in physique portray and even provided workshops (pre-covid after all). I hope that at some point she will do the identical right here in Cornwall.
For now, nonetheless, it was fascinating to see how Yaffa used the pores and skin of native mannequin Cailan Davies as a residing canvas. Cailan Davies is the daughter of Tracey Lynn Davies, proprietor of the Cailuan Gallery.
Yaffa and her husband Kaiser Moussa make an excellent staff. Kaiser instructed me that Yaffa does the creation after which he comes and does the images. Kaiser isn’t solely a photographer but in addition a movie / tv producer who has labored for MTV, Nickelodeon and Method 1 and has co-produced a few of Dubai’s greatest TV exhibits.
Because the gallery may solely accommodate 10 guests at a time, I stayed to observe the beginning of the venture and was comfortable when Yaffa despatched me photographs (taken by Kaiser) of Cailan’s physique artwork accomplished. I wasn’t positive what she would appear to be when Yaffa began making use of the Yellow Poster Paint, however I am fairly impressed with the completed product – regardless of the mannequin having a severe face, creative make-up, and styling. vivid colours definitely give a sense of happiness and once I take a look at her I see her lined with a subject of flowers, yellow sunflowers to be actual. What do you see?
I ponder if Cailan felt unhappy when she needed to wash off the paint – I feel I undoubtedly would! (though I would not have been courageous sufficient to do what she did within the first place – have somebody paint over me in entrance of an viewers!)
Listed here are a number of the photographs you will note on the gallery if you go to the present.
The picture above must be my favourite piece in the whole present. It is a picture of Rose, Yaffa and Kaiser’s good friend, lined in Yaffa’s Physique Artwork, the portray of Rose behind her and photographed by Kaiser. A 3-in-1 composition for positive which represents for me what this present is. Connection, power and happiness whereas being each internal peace and well-being in our pores and skin!
The “Energy Shine” physique images exhibit continues on the Cailuan Gallery till April 6, and you’ll go to the exhibit from 10 am to five pm, Thursday by Saturday. For extra data. concerning the gallery you possibly can go to: www.cailuan.ca
We’re very comfortable to tell you that Yaffa will probably be an everyday contributor to the Seeker beginning with the April problem. Her column will deal with artwork and she’s going to educate how one can create artwork by “Yaffa Arts & Crafts”. Additionally try his Yaffa Arts & Crafts Fb web page.
Yaffa will even be becoming a member of The Seeker Chicks, Julia and I, on our “Monday Morning Motivation Present” tomorrow morning, Monday March 8 at 10am (watch the present on The Seeker Fb web page). We’ll ‘have fun the highly effective girls in our lives’ and chat with our Seeker contributors, Betty Healey from roadSIGNS, Marlene Lister aka Positively Marlene, and naturally our new Seeker contributor, artist Yaffa Goawily PLUS Cornwall Mayor Bernadette Clement. Do not miss this present and are available be part of us to debate girls’s points!