NAYLA ROMANOS ILIYA
Driven by a quest for identity, I took interest in the Phoenician civilization, and more particularly in their most important contribution to humanity, the Phoenician Alphabet. I was fascinated by the power of the language itself. Interpreting the meanings, shapes and symbolism of the letters, and fusing together figures that compose words or narratives, creating abstract, universal images that also celebrate the cultural heritage of Lebanon, was exciting and therapeutic. Bringing a vanished script to life through works created within contemporary modes of the process helped me rekindle an appreciation of my country.