NADIA SAIKALI, TIMELESS SPACES, ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONS.
Gérard Xuriguera, Nadia Saikali.
Nourished by reminiscences sealed in the Middle-East, glorified by the mediterranean light and tempered by the french measure, emerges an art of europeen essence in spite of inevitable connotations. An art infinitely shaded, combining wrinkled wefts and muffeled breathing, strikes and stumped scumbles, cuts and narrowed openings stabilised by verticals innervated within the texture’s fluidity or as more recently, conceived by interdependant plans on different levels on which have been added meta-signs and ideograms with strokes and gaps, a flowing and compact world, sometimes severe and prickly, othertimes brightly coloured, always harmonious.
If the use of wondering gesture, intuition are here claimed for, by opposition to construction erected in dogma, it nevertheless combines with the watchful control of thought, spiritual practice teaming up with lyrism and architectural, in a synthesis restricting hazardous games and erasing unwelcome nostalgia.
The equation painting-memory in other words, the link to real life, thus stands out in N. Saïkali’s works, emerging from human reality, a well thought chromatic and graphic interpenetration of plaited modulations conveying a semantic issued from the depths of consciousness.
Beyond words, what stands out from this approach, is obvious pleasure to paint, to suggest emotions and feelings by using imperceptible signs, along which roots, history, mature experience, stand outlined and for which to be fully understood, one has to achieve stillness within.