Proposal Title: The Killing of Lions: An Iraqi War Memorial, 01/03/2008, Painting
Proposal Synopsis: In my work, The Killing of Lions: An Iraqi War Memorial, I have drawn upon and reinterpreted the famous Lion Hunts of Nineveh, near present day Mosul.. The unique genius of the Lion Hunts are explored in The Forms of Violence, UC Berkeley; they are an eloquent and ironic metaphor for the War. I chose these works for their symbolic and sophisticated anti-narrative form, which I have redefined and expanded upon in my reflective work. The Lions, as powerless "other", are a fitting symbol for Iraq's civilian dead. In my work, mineral threads express the unseen, impersonal violence which penetrates these leonine souls. To my knowledge, my work is the first reinterpretation of these famous works of anonymous ancient Iraqi artists. Viewer response to The Killing of Lions has been moving; their total effect being one of reflective gravitas-sublime, restrained and monumental. I envision this work being gifted to a venue that would memorialize the human loss it addresses.
The works are large: four panels each measuring 33"H x 96"W x 2"D; two diptychs composed of monumental images which react upon and dynamically relate to each other. The entire work is my elegy to the Iraqi people and their culture.
Artist's Biography: Maureen Drdak is a fine artist whose work concerns relate to the interface between psychology, myth, and their related visual paradigms. She exhibits in museum and university venues, and lectures widely on her work. Her most recent lecture is entitled, What is Modern About the Ancient Art of Iraq? She is the recipient of numerous awards, and is represented in public and private collections, among them being the Yad Va Shem Holocaust Memorial in Israel, The Florida Holocaust Museum in the USA, and the Collection of Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.