“Gibran Unmasked” is a laser image of Khalil Gibran engraved on a fillet mignon, a creation inspired by a powerful image of Gibran staring out of the destruction onto his city. “I have always been fascinated by his reference to masking and unmasking and remembered the poem where he says.”
How I Became a Madman
You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen,—the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven lives,—I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, “Thieves, thieves, the cursed thieves.”
Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me.
And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house-top cried, “He is a madman.” I looked up to behold him; the sun kissed my own naked face for the first time. For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, “Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks.”
Thus I became a madman.
— Khalil Gibran
The wall or mask as I look at it, is finally broken and now Gibran image on the wall is unmasked and he can for the first time see the sun….the truth of his existence and the destruction of the city he loves.”
Omar Sartawi is an internationally acclaimed food artist/chef with products and projects around the world. Through deconstructing textures, tastes and appearances, and transforming them into avant- garde creations, Omar gives new meaning to food art.
He first rose to fame with his first creation Jameed Chocolate, and then went on to create many projects intertwining food and art including the replica of Ayn Ghazal made of Jameed Concrete, and his Aubergine Leather made of aubergine skins.
His latest work Tears of Beirut is a conceptual art piece, where he cooked a broth that is similar to real tears in both salinity and viscosity. This was bottled into three limited edition pieces, with the ingredients’ labels beautifully expressing a strong political message written in Arabic, English, and Phoenician.
Omar contributes a monthly blog on My Olive Roots, sharing his food art creations.