Food for Thought â€śAlmuallaqat 4â€ť
478 burnt pots
4.40 x 10 m
Living and working in Saudi Arabia, artist Maha Malluhâ€™s work centres upon the impact of globalisation and consumer culture within her nation. â€śMy inspiration for art comes from my country, a land of contrasting images and ideas. Good artâ€¦ forces you to pause, to contemplate and think harder about
your surroundings.â€ť Her sculptures are assemblages of objects found in junk shops and flea markets, their decrepit state speaking volumes of the culture
that once valued but has now discarded them. Food for Thought â€“ Al-Muallaqat is composed of aluminium cooking pots used traditionally throughout the Arab world. The title Al- Muallaqat links the installation to pre-Islamic 6th century Suspended Odes or Hanging Poems traditionally hung in Mecca. What poetry then do these pots contain? And of what lives and stories could they sing?