Mel Watkin
Vanitas: ARABESQUE, 2010
2010
Pen and acrylic on collaged maps of Iraq and Sweden
26 x 25.75 inches
A Chicago collector commissioned this most recent map to honor her Iraqi and Swedish heritage. Her father, a devout member of the Assyrian Orthodox Church, was born in Bagdad and her mother is from Sundsvall, Sweden. Research for this work included the writings of Ahmad ibn Fadlan, a 10th century Bagdad envoy to the Vikings and the complex and visually related patterns of both the Assyrian Orthodox Church and Viking culture.
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