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If Words Could Kill VIX
2014
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 101.6 cm x 76.2 cm


Hear my Words I
2013
Mixed media on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 101.6 cm x 76.2 cm
If Words Could Kill III
2013
Mixed media on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 101.6 cm x 76.2 cm
If Words Could Kill V
2013
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 101.6 cm x 76.2 cm
Cross Words
2013
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 101.6 cm x 76.2 cm
Thu Alfiqar I
2013
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 101.6 cm x 76.2 cm
Thu Alfiqar II
2013
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 101.6 cm x 76.2 cm
If Words Could Kill VI
2013
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 101.6 cm x 76.2 cm
If Words Could Kill IV
2013
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 101.6 cm x 76.2 cm
This series was inspired by the traditional art of the calligram. Here, the written word assumes the shape of a sword and visually demonstrates the power, might and potential destruction of its use.

As a child, my grandfather, Dr. J. Said, instructed me in the use of words and their implications. He taught me to think before I spoke. Once said, words can change relationships, situations, contracts and friendships. Perhaps the art of diplomacy is the ultimate example of the use of words and the outcome they can have on society.

Adages such as "the pen is mightier than the sword" or "if words could kill" perfectly describe this series. A reference to "cutting", " piercing" or even "biting" words are commonly used  in everyday conversations. Here they manifest themselves in the shape of  a sword, a blade so sharp, it has changed  and formed the course of history.
Hear my Words II
2013
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 101.6 cm x 76.2 cm
If Words Could Kill VIII
2014
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 101.6 cm x 76.2 cm
If Words Could Kill
My Words - My Defence
My Words - My Defence
2015
Ink, acrylic, charcoal, pen on canvas
72" x 24" - 182cm x 61 cm
Chain Reaction
2015
Ink, acrylic, charcoal, pen on canvas
48 " x 48" - 122cm x 122 cm
Hear my Words IV
2015
Gold leaf, acrylic, charcoal, pen on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 76.2 cm x 101.6 cm
Angel on Right - Devil on Left
2015
Collage, acrylic, ink, charcoal and pen on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 76.2 cm x 102 cm
If Words Could Kill X
2015
Ink, acrylic, charcoal, pen on canvas
72" x 24" - 182cm x 61 cm
"If Words Could Kill XI
2015
Ink, acrylic, charcoal, pen on canvas
60" diameter- 123 cm diameter
If Words Could Kill XV
2016
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
20 " x 15" - 38.1 cm x 38.1 cm
If Words Could Kill XIV
2016
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
20 " x 15" - 38.1 cm x 38.1 cm
If Words Could Kill XIIII
2016
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
20 " x 15" - 38.1 cm x 38.1 cm
If Words Could Kill XVI
2016
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
20 " x 15" - 38.1 cm x 38.1 cm
If Words Could Kill (Pistol II)
2017
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
40 " x 30" - 101.6 cm x 76.2 cm
If Words Could Kill (Pistol I)
2017
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
16 " x 20" - 40.6 cm x 50.8 cm
If Words Could Kill (Pistol II)
2017
House paint, acrylic and charcoal on heavy paper
16 " x 20" - 40.6 cm x 50.8 cm