Out of reach, diaries, 2011
5 personal diaries (1992-1996) dipped in white paint.
Lebanese-Canadian artist Nayla Dabaji works in a variety of mediums. Her videos and installations are hauntingly lyrical. I’m particularly drawn to images of waves and of birds in flight. Their meaning isn’t fixed, but seems to move associatively through time, like a poem.
I was fascinated to see her sculptural piece based on old diaries. Who has’t wanted to destroy or hide the record of a younger and vulnerable self. Essentially sealing these is a strong artistic solution. They can never be opened. Never be re-read. But instead of being rejected they have been transformed. A very emotionally satisfying image.