Taisir Gibreel is known to most as a textile artist who draws on her Sudanese and British roots to create a vision of colorful and abstract designs that are based on geometric interpretations of the rural Scottish landscape in which she lives.
Inner Dialogue, however, is a departure from her precise and ordered textile medium to document the mind’s journey through life’s complexity on canvas. Inner Dialogue was conceived and executed throughout the recent events that has separated artists from so much of their inspirations.
The collection begins at a point of frustration – the crimson hues with accentuated light burns brightly as the mind ‘fires on all cylinders’, unable to embrace the order and process that often accompanies Taisir’s designs. There is no ease visually or emotionally, it is building to a point of being overwhelmed.
The crimson anger leads to the dark blue-grey nadir, it is not calming but reflects the despair of a mind at the bottom of a vortex of repeating, never-ending internal conversations like a circular argument with the self that forms an intellectual and emotional perimeter.
This results in an explosion of colour, effectively the mind rebelling against the prison of grey, the red and white explosion captures the mind shouting ‘no’. This moment is followed by pause, and in that moment, the formation of the ‘answer’ to the inner dialogue is found.
The collection returns to the blue palette, but this time there is calmness, stillness, recovery and order. From this order, colour will return, but now it is measured; as the mind acknowledges that it has answers and from these answers a new perspective emerges.