Sitti

Title: Sitti
Size: 22 x 40 x 19
Medium: Acrylic, beads, paper, found objects, lights on trunk & wood

Sitti refers grandmother in Palestinian Arabic but more literally means “my lady”. And without a doubt my grandmother was some lady.

Always graceful, no matter how old and stooped she became, Sitti embodied that imagery of that noble yet determined Arabic woman. I carry in my mind’s eye maybe a thousand legends – she sang like an opera singer, spoke like the most educated polyglot, had a will like a soldier, the temper of a firecracker, and a life tragic, beautiful, and complicated. In al-Nabka, the 1948 civil war between Jews and Arabs in Palestine, she faced the death of her husband, her son, and many many others and transformed herself from bourgeois housewife into refugee and breadwinner. She then brought my dad to United States, worked till he had his education & became an adult.

We crossed paths at the end of her life and the beginning of mine. Sitti to me was that link to a mythical homeland. She grew a fig tree in her yard, picked roses & mint, and sang. Habibi! Elbi! she would cry as she laughed and threw stories of war, donkeys, people I never knew, and places forgotten.

This work attempts to channel that nobility, mystery, and warmth that I felt as a youth while evoking the competing, sometimes contradictory legends she always told me.

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About a.s.c

Palestinian-American Artist, urban planning & architecture student living and practicing in Washington, DC.
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7 Responses to Sitti

  1. Irene Lehne says:

    you’re including these beautiful worded descriptions at your opening, yes?!

    • a.s.c says:

      Yeah, this will the base of the panel descriptions. I may perhaps edit down a bit so they aren’t QUITE so lengthy. Thanks for the support!

  2. Joe Chamy says:

    Touched my heart with its realistic portrayal of my beloved mother…dad

  3. Toula Serna says:

    I never met her but I heard stories growing up in Jerusalem about her tragic life and her strength of character.
    What a beautiful memorial.
    Toula Serna

  4. Sitti was a living legend, and the legend lives on

  5. Charlotte Chamy Snedeker says:

    Wow! Adam, you have captured dear Sitti both in art and in words. You have a multiple gifts! Sitti must be looking down on you with a huge smile on her face.

    Warmest regards and best wishes for the opening of your solo exhibition.

    Ray and Charlotte Chamy Snedeker

  6. Charlotte Chamy Snedeker says:

    Wow! Adam, you have captured dear Sitti both in art and in words. You have multiple gifts! Sitti must be looking down on you with a huge smile on her face and enormous love in her heart.

    Warmest regards and best wishes for the opening of your solo exhibition.

    Ray and Charlotte Chamy Snedeker

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