OPEN WINDOWS, WANA ON THE ROBIN HOOD GARDENS ESTATE
The Robin Hood Gardens Estate was built in the seventies as an affordable, utopian housing project. The funding to maintain it was subsequently withdrawn; it’s now being demolished to make way for luxury flats. Wana Kejeh left his birthplace of London due to the high cost of living. I found the poignancy of their parallel situations striking, capturing a sadness in Wana's expression that mirrors the neglected estate.
I was born in Falkirk and grew up in Philadelphia. I have a BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, having studied in Philadelphia and Rome from 1996-2002. I studied at West Dean College in West Sussex, UK, from 2010-2012, graduating with an MFA in Painting and Drawing. I have exhibited internationally, and my work is held in private collections in the US, UK and Europe. I currently live and work in Edinburgh.
I am primarily a painter, interested in exploring ideas of community, interdependence, and inter-connectivity, especially regarding humanity’s place with one another and with our environment- with our cities, with the Earth, and in the cosmos. I see art as an important way of developing empathy and tolerance by exploring diverse viewpoints and creatively exploring possibilities.
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