Rim El Jundi was born and raised in Beirut in 1965. She grew up to study Religious Art at the University of the Holy Spirit in Kaslik, and also earned a degree in Fine Art from the Lebanese American University. She was awarded the Sheikh Zayed Graduation Award in 1997.
Her style is composed of vibrant colors and a layout that is similar to that of religious art. She uses motifs and inspiration from iconography in her paintings, however, her paintings often exude contemporary significance.
She combines pop art with traditional inspiration to create her captivating pieces that portray nights in Beirut, and a particular social consciousness.
Realizing that repeating the motifs was no longer enough, she said, I developed the need to introduce the mechanical movement of my body onto the painting, as I would sew one bead after another, slowly and methodically, for hours on end, as if one were either taming or punishing oneself.
What I do now is an exercise in enduring the passage of time devoted to the act of waiting. It is an exercise performed by the ancestral dynasty of embroidering, knitting, and beading that came before me.
And while I wait for the war to end, and while I wait for the son to grow and resume life, I will continue to sew the beads.
The exhibition will be held at Ajial Art Gallery and Saleh Barakat Gallery, It started on July 15 and will continue until August 14.