A pioneer of abstract art in her country, Saloua Raouda Choucair explores mathematics, geometry and poetry in works that transcend gender and politics. She is an artist with a futuristic vision, and she believes in functionality beyond fixed notions of cultural traditions. This characteristic of her work becomes evident in her determination to experiment and her attempt to achieve invention by studying, assembling and disassembling. She extensively observes forms and geometries, along with Islamic art, architecture and poetry, and Arabic script. At the core of her work is the notion of a universal essence that transcends geographies. Hence her diverse influences, which elude the division between Eastern and Western approaches.
In works such as Poem of Three Verses, Choucair deconstructs poems by focusing merely on their structural format, rather than their spiritual meaning, creating objects that are rich in mathematical precision and possibilities. Unlike her modular sculptures, which can be disassembled and reassembled in various ways, the pieces that comprise her sculpted poems are stanzas that can be separated in different ways but only become whole in one specific arrangement. The assembled sections communicate with each other and invite viewers to engage with progressive ideas about the future, the essence of life and the potential for growth and learning while circumnavigating the work with an almost meditative-like approach. The viewers’ interpretations could be an additional piece to be added to this poetic puzzle, as there is always room for adding to and subtracting from Choucair’s work, creating infinite potentialities.