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One of the artists taking part in the exhibition is Bahrain's prolific emerging artist, Adel Al Abbasi who did a montage of over 1,000 colourful doodles in one of the rooms in Bohemia.
According to Adel, "in order to know others, you first must know yourself by discovering your inner feelings. Nothing can express your inner feelings and subconscious more than doodling while your mind is preoccupied and busy. Doodling is simply doing unfocused drawings while a person's attention is busy or preoccupied. Doodles can be simple or complicated drawings that have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes."
Most of his doodles are produced during telephone conversations when a pen and paper are available. Since the beginning of his art life, Adel has been doodling and was able to produce a record of 1,500 doodles annually - done either at work, at home and even in restaurants where he uses the paper table mats, newspapers and the back of envelopes. The doodles happen when the idea is germinated which he then develops into paintings and sculptures.
Going through the doodles, over the years you can see the evolution of the characters featured in his artworks. To Adel, doodling has always been a great source of relaxation, expression, and inspiration. It's a powerful psychological mechanism that allows him to know himself and hence to know others. He stated that, "By knowing myself, I am the Other!" A couple of paintings next to the doodles showed how seemingly these little pieces of paper become works of art, as did large metal sculptures displayed in the outside pedestrian area.
The exhibition attracted a large number of visitors who enjoyed the colourful art on display both inside Bohemia and outside on the various walkways and buildings within the area.