Running After Time is a triptych of sundials, created during my SEAF residency.
Each site specific intervention offers a measure of time that is either a fleeting 30 minute moment, or one that marinates over weeks. Each intervention encapsulates a struggle to catch up with time, illustrating instead the constant feeling of always being just behind it.
This series was created from studies and rubbings of a plot of sunlight reflecting on the floor of the entrance garden. Every time one section is complete, a fresh new part of the scroll is pulled and the tracing process all over again.
The works are purposely hung against the walls of the SEAF studios, to also emphasis the dramatic light that dances across, when sunlight is filtered through the studio's iconic tree.
The Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, in partnership with the Rhodes Island School of Design, runs the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF), a 10-month artistic education and development program that supports approximately 15 emerging UAE-based artists each year.
The SEAF program aims to identify and nurture emerging artists in the UAE and provide them with artistic and technical knowledge and professional skills. The program is consistent with the Foundation’s ambitions to establish a more connected community of emerging artists in the UAE and encourage graduate studies in the arts.
Photo Courtesy Ismail Noor, Seeing Things (2022)