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Sculptures

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Sculptures

In his powerful drawings, some leaning towards surrealism, the woman
enters into a fantasy world full of symbolism, opening the door to many
interpretations but still holding her multiple roles in the same work. In some
of these masterpieces her body is half human half animal, in others it fuses
with the fighter and his horse.
Women are also the subject of his wood sculptures created in the late 1960s
and early 1970s, through which we can notice the influence of ancient
eastern civilizations. In most of these works, we can see women in an
elongated form and as an icon. In the work titled "Virgin and birth," the
artist borrowed the iconic representation of Virgin Mary to represent
Palestinian women, who carry within them the gospel of life. He also
employs the image of Ishtar, the goddess of love, fertility and war from
ancient Eastern Arabic civilizations. Despite the straight elongated shape,
most of these sculptures are carved in round shapes with curvatures that
relate to fertility, tenderness and motherhood.