OUT and ABOUT with Seeker Chick Mai-Liis – Energy Shine assistant at Cailuan Gallery.
Final evening, Saturday March sixth, I definitely skilled one thing completely new in Cornwall, regardless that it’s an artwork type that’s centuries previous. What I am speaking about is the artwork of physique portray. I had the glory of attending the opening evening 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 way of historical rituals.
As I walked in direction of the Cailuan Gallery at 225 Pitt Avenue right here in Cornwall I used to be actually undecided what I’d discover inside however was pleasantly shocked by the odor of incense, the faint lighting, religious music carried out by their buddy George and the partitions coated in fantastic images (taken by Kaiser) of their associates that Yaffa adorned along with his physique artwork designs, a very completely 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 a fantastic asset along with her blissful and constructive character, in addition to her means to finish tasks that showcase the fantastic thing about inventive creation to everybody, that they’re artists or not and naturally, Yaffa additionally has the present of bringing individuals collectively – socially distanced after all !!!
Beneath is a photograph of musician George with a spread of previous musical devices in addition to singing bowls which all created stress-free background sounds and an exquisite atmosphere.
After I entered the gallery I seen that the women, Yaffa, Cailan and Tracey had been barefoot, so I requested Yaffa what the which means was. She informed 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 informed me that 18 years in the past, when she attended the College of Alexandria in Egypt to review wall artwork, she had a category the place they needed to paint a fruit bowl (I additionally keep in mind having a category like this once I studied artwork in faculty). Nevertheless, Yaffa said that she discovered it boring, so she began portray on her hand and due to this fact started her journey to make use of the physique as a dwelling canvas. Whereas she was dwelling in Egypt her curiosity in physique portray was restricted however when the couple moved to Dubai she was in a position to apply it extra and naturally once they moved to Montreal the place persons are extra open she began to develop curiosity in physique portray and even provided workshops (pre-covid after all). I hope that sooner or later she will be able to do the identical right here in Cornwall.
For now, nonetheless, it was attention-grabbing to see how Yaffa used the pores and skin of native mannequin Cailan Davies as a dwelling canvas. Cailan Davies is the daughter of Tracey Lynn Davies, proprietor of the Cailuan Gallery.
Yaffa and her husband Kaiser Moussa make a fantastic staff. Kaiser informed me that Yaffa does the creation after which he comes and does the images. Kaiser shouldn’t be solely a photographer but additionally a movie / tv producer who has labored for MTV, Nickelodeon and Method 1 and has co-produced a few of Dubai’s greatest TV reveals.
Because the gallery may solely accommodate 10 guests at a time, I stayed to look at the beginning of the mission and was blissful when Yaffa despatched me images (taken by Kaiser) of Cailan’s physique artwork accomplished. I wasn’t positive what she would seem like 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, inventive make-up, and styling. vibrant colours definitely give a sense of happiness and once I take a look at her I see her coated with a discipline 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 believe 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 below are among the images you will notice on the gallery if you go to the present.
The photograph above needs to be my favourite piece in the whole present. It is a photograph of Rose, Yaffa and Kaiser’s buddy, coated 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, vitality 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 way of Saturday. For extra info. in regards to the gallery you possibly can go to: www.cailuan.ca
We’re very blissful to tell you that Yaffa will likely be a daily contributor to the Seeker beginning with the April subject. Her column will deal with artwork and she’s going to train the best way to create artwork by way of “Yaffa Arts & Crafts”. Additionally take a look at 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 ladies 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 a part of us to debate ladies’s points!