It doth confound the sense. Of all the plays in the world, why does Hamlet has such a hold over me? Each time I watched it performed I gleaned a new shade of meaning. With each movie rendition, I am dazzled by nuance. And yet despite the repeated viewings spanning […]
“It is impressive! That you can quit your job yet still have the discipline to be productive on your own.” People say upon hearing of my transition from a professional life into a self directed being. “Please don’t be impressed” I want to reply. Discipline was a hurdle in this […]
Tramezzini is a type of crust-less bread popular in Italy. It’s used in making yummy sandwiches. You can put almost anything in them. I tried to cut them up in interesting ways so that it would like the sandwich exploded and combine it with a poem I wrote called “Last […]
When Matisse unveiled his famous dance painting an art critic scoffed at it calling it “Lobster people dancing in spinach”. This criticism is so imaginative and creative, it makes me suspect that the critic secretly loved the painting but didn’t wish to reveal his sentiments. What is it that makes […]
In his old age, Matisse was afflicted with health problems which prevented him from painting. He dropped the brush and picked up the scissors. Producing a set of paper cutouts. Cheerful, vibrant and nuanced they don’t betray a single shard of defeat. Even when portraying Icarus crash to the ground […]
I am baffled by people who use a food mixer to make dough. The pleasure of getting your hands dirty kneading, punching and shaping is so great as to rival the pleasure of fresh baked bread smell wafting through the house. Two ideas converged in my head: Color bread dough […]
In march of 2015, ISIS decided to destroy the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq. I tried to imagine, If I took away all concern for history, culture and learning what would I choose to vandalize. Here are a few things I came up with. A nightmarish vision quest. […]
I enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel so much I have already watched it 4 times and even made my children watch it. This is a movie where each frame is a multi layered construction. The more times you watch it, the more things you notice, the greater the enjoyment. The […]
So I have a confession to make. I don’t know the best path to explain this. Thus I will stick to the direct approach and just say. I don’t like pizza. I know. Hard to believe. I must be a freak. I love dough. I like tomato sauce. I adore […]
While visiting Verona in Italy I came upon Juliet’s balcony. A place where people leave love notes and love letters dedicated to Romeo’s girlfriend. People clamouring over each other, desperate to leave an expression of their love in this temple of absolute love. Such zeal. So much bubbling energy. The […]
Last month, I was hosting a large dinner party. One of the guests approached me saying: “This rice is crazy, I can’t stop eating it, what did you put in it?”. “No! it is not cocaine, it is saffron” was my answer. His enthusiasm inspired me to make this video. […]
Recently I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Since this is the story that has come to define the meaning of Christmas for many, I was amused by how much emphasis is placed on food. Flowery language, goes on and on, describing delights ranging from turkey to pudding. At […]
I read somewhere that Andy Warhol was fed Campbell’s soup everyday for lunch by his mother. Have you ever tried Campbell’s soup? …… It tastes dreadful. Both Andy Warhol and myself have Czech mothers, I am not going to tell you what I was fed for lunch nearly everyday while […]
I don’t think that Batman would want to eat cookies, cupcakes or cake. He is not that sorta person. Here, I try to create a powerful treat that would appeal to the mighty masked one. Using the concept of bruschetta, I created a pesto with yellow bell pepper and a […]
“What would you like on your pizza?” asked our friend in Italy, addressing my kids. “Pineapple” answered my son joyfully. “Pineapple! that is disgusting” “Chicken” “Chicken! is that a joke?” “Ok, ok, ok beef and feta cheese” no response, a look of horror instead. Turns out that most of what […]
I am Iraqi and I am proud of it. This week I took a traditional Iraqi dish (dolma) and added a few personal touches to it. First off, the rice stuffing is typically made with either ground beef or lamb. Since my daughters have become vegetarians, I had to adapt […]
Inspired by a recent trip to Italy. Over there, food is a religion. You are allowed to mess up lots of things in Italy, food is not one of them. A few years ago I saw a movie set in Italy called I AM Love. A subplot in the story […]
I was thinking about how in my novel Graffiti Hack, I left certain part of the story out on purpose, with plenty of hints to indicate what is really going on. The best part of any story always remains untold. Therefore it is polka dot type of a novel with […]
This is the first Eat Your Art challenge where the taste was improved by the artwork. Using Paul Klee’s “Woman in Peasant Dress” I created a vegetarian Shepard’s Pie. During my trip in Switzerland I got to see many artworks by Paul Klee. I was moved by how he could […]
The word heaven has been swirling lots in my mind the last week. After a two month trip in Europe, I keep thinking how heavenly it is to sleep in my own bed. How fantastic it is to wake up in the morning and make coffee in my pyjamas. How […]
During a recent trip to Florence Italy, I noticed this playful graffiti at different parts of the town. I enjoyed the subtlety. Here are a few other images from Florence to give you a sense of context.
Last week’s Eat Your Art project was so exhausting I wanted to do something fun and easy instead. I decided to make pixel art version of princess Leia in crackers and cheese. Well! It didn’t turn out so easy after all, in fact it was much more work than I […]
This was a huge amount of work. The most difficult Eat Your Art challenge thus far. Only this one should be called Eat Your Story perhaps. The first edible story in human history. The first batch was a failure. The batter was either too lumpy or too runny. I either […]
So this is my first Eat Your Art fail. Feeling heart broken, but at least I have something yummy to eat. The idea was to make pashtida and imprint an iconic Banksy image on it. Pashtida is similar to quiche with no crust therefore it is easier to make and […]
The spices I ended up using were: black sesame regular sesame turmeric sumac red paprika I tried creating orange by mixing turmeric and red paprika but that didn’t look so well. Creating all those cubes was labor intensive and I found myself having to wash out the mold every four […]
I feel guilty about all the times I told my kids not to play with their food. It is so much fun.
Here is my laughable attempt at trying to create a painting using food. I give you my version of Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.
Solving the puzzle of my identity.
I was deeply honored to be asked by the talented JoJo Zawawi to create artwork for her upcoming CD titled Embracing The Heavens. My goal was to create a heavens that wants to be embraced – a sky that says “come and grab me”. Here is the paintings at different […]