Paysages exquis

Nasri Sayegh

Natural, historical, political, interior, textual, fantasised, sensual, anatomical, surgical, ideal, ancient, mental, intimate, mythological; landscape as motif or image falls through my wanderings. Diurnal or nocturnal pilgrimages, my travels are populated with lakes, cities, forests, moors, the Mediterranean, bodies and, often, with follies as well. Grinning, lush, and enchanting or sometimes bitter, desolate, and wild, my landscapes tell, whisper, try, and humbly construct a self-portrait in negative. As obsessive and frenetic images, this landscape mania of mine comes from a deep respect for the pictorial motifs of nineteenth century Europe.