|Bissan Rafe--a work in progress.|
|Maoja, The Surge, 2014. Bissan Rafe,|
one of her more recent works.
|The cover Bissan Rafe designed for her album of Japanese music.|
|The Stellar Abyss, 2010, Bissan Rafe|
|Fishbone Calcium, Bissan Rafe|
|Gaza, Bissan Rafe|
At first glance several of Rafe's paintings appear to fall into the realm of Abstract Expressionism; but just when you think you have her pegged, a new vision of objective content emerge. Study the image, Gaza (above, right). Search for the eyes peering out from just beneath the helmet. A masked Palestinian fighter emerges, the tip of his nose and lower face covered against the dust and dirt of combat (or, perhaps, to protect his identity). Rafe's Palestina I (below left) and Palestina II (below, right) delve into the civilian presence in the continuing conflict, specifically the plight of the wives, widows, and orphans who daily find themselves living on the brink of survival in a war zone.
|Palestina I, Bissan Rafe|
|Palestina II, Bissan Rafe|
|Palestina, Bissan Rafe|