Leeward's art instructor, Reem Bassous is one of the five local artists selected to create works reflecting on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Reem’s work is part of the new Limited Edition Portfolio Collection from the Friends of Hawaii State Art Museum, that features four other local female artists, Deb Nehmad, Pegge Hopper, Sally French, and Mary Mitsuda. The five limited edition prints along with six original works will be on public display at Halekulani. Says Bassous. “I’m truly honored to be a part of this project.”
Reem’s detailed description of her work:
Artist: Reem Bassous
Title: Silent Strong
Medium: Acrylic on Arches Rives BFK
Size: 11x14 inches
During the suffrage movement, the color purple symbolized loyalty and an unswerving steadfastness to the cause. In a screenprint that marries east and west titled Silent Strong, the purple ink-stained fingertip is emblematic of women who vote. The finger covers the mouth, showing that women are still silenced all over the world, though that does not negate their strength. The nose is outlined with an Arabic word “oontha”, which translates to “female”. The arches are a nod to the Hawaii State Art Museum’s iconic arches as well as to those found all over the middle east. The background screen is a poster from the Equal Suffrage Association on “Why Women Should Vote.” The image confronts us with fact, reminds us of our duty to vote, and cautions us of issues yet to be overcome.
Reem on KHON’s Living808 talking about the project: