The Doha Fire Station on Monday opened an exhibition by Qatar-based artist, Jesse Payne, titled 'One Dust', which will run until January 17, Qatar Museums (QM) has announced.
The exhibition, open from 9am to 7pm, is inspired by sand storms and is the latest initiative by the Doha Fire Station to create a hub for art and culture in the country.
"'One Dust' is a series of works that recreate the overwhelming sense of power and scale that sand storms possess, exploring both the fascination and fear brought forth by this natural phenomenon and emphasising the idea that we all come from one ‘dust’”, QM noted.
Going beyond its literal meaning, Payne uses dust as a metaphor for the obstacles and challenges that the region is facing during these tumultuous times.
The artist's 'One Dust' exhibition is a series of works that recreate the overwhelming sense of power and scale that sand storms possess
The artist’s brush strokes paint a picture of chaos, confusion and beauty of a region consumed by its own “dust”.
He invites viewers to embrace that “dust”, to accept one another and to look forward for hope and a better tomorrow.
Payne is an American artist who is currently serving as assistant professor in the Art Foundations Department at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar.
Dedicated to employing a rigorous tactic when amplifying his creative interests and working with a variety of mediums, Payne’s work is a reflection of self-investigation and is influenced by the environment, people, and experiences he encounters in day-to-day life.
Payne is currently a member of the 2018-2019 Artist in Residence programme, which was launched in 2015.
The nine-month programme is open to all Qatar-based artists and has grown become a platform for artistic expression and growth.
It provides artists in Qatar with the opportunity to develop their art practices and showcase their works to the world through media coverage, open studio nights, and a large exhibition at the end of the residency.