Garden After

Garden After

When: Wednesday 24 Jun, 2015 12:00 AM - Saturday 26 Sep, 2015 12:00 AM.
Venue: The Flag Island Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Curated By: Dr. Alexandra MacGilp

To walk about in my garden is my constant joy; its stillness is guarded by a constantly closed gate. The evening mist rises lingeringly out of the valley; tired birds find their way home. The shadows float out, and soon have disappeared; leaning with my hand against my solitary pine, I linger.

Too Yuan-Ming


Garden After stems from Jamal Tayara-Baroudy’s interest in the spiritual symbolism of the Abrahamic religions’ notions of Paradise, specifically the descriptions that appear in the Quran. The exhibition also draws inspiration from the history of Islamic Garden Architecture and the designer’s childhood memories. The work is an immersive and atmospheric experience, in the form of a fountain, wallpaper and floor patterns, alongside blue prints for prayer rugs. The installation radiates out from a central point, the river, pivotal in Quranic descriptions of the garden of paradise, in fluid linear patterns. The work has both distorted scale and perspective based on Tayara-Baroudy’s imaginative interpretation of nature as her own paradise. She imagines species of flora inspired by Islamic geometric thinking and combines it with remembered elements from her childhood.  

Tayara-Baroudy’s preparatory work looks at how plants undergo transformation and links this to the metamorphosis of the human body into a spirit. Her work continues past traditions of using specific flora for the purpose of ornamentation, but uses digital tools to create additional layers of subjective impressions and interpretations.


Jamal Tayara-Baroudy

Jamal Tayara-Baroudy is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer and consultant working throughout the Middle East. Tayara-Baroudy has shown in group exhibitions, such as The Beginning of Thinking is Geometric (2013) and Islamopolitan (2014) both at the Maraya Art Centre.  Islamopolitan has since travelled to Istanbul (2014) and Milan (2015). Tayara-Baroudy also maintains an independent branding studio jamjardesign, established in 2002,as well as an art and design studio called Art Like This*, established in 2011. Formerly, Tayara-Baroudy was the creative director of Al?an Art Space in Riyadh and was part of the team that set up this pioneering space in The Kingdom Saudi Arabia. Presently, both art and design overlap in Tayara-Baroudy’s work, which employs motif and repetition to create patterns.