Kuwait City, Kuwait December 8, 2022
Four of us went to Mirror House for a 2 hour tour with a very quirky artist, Lidia Qattan who turned 87 today. Along the way-
While explaining the history of her work, she talked about her influences- the cosmos - black holes, galaxies, planets, oceans, aquatic life as well as humans today always needing technology, commercialism and forgetting that what makes us human is emotion. She talked about God, the future, the past, the present and astrology. Sometimes it seemed we were her congregation and she was the preacher. Other times she seemed like a raving lunatic and I kept wondering if I was in a bad dream and if this was really happening!
She started mirroring her home when her young daughter continued to write on the walls because washing off whatever she was using to draw was destroying them. I’d have taken the crayons away, given her a spanking and that would’ve been the end of it but then we wouldn’t have this “only one in the world” mirrored house!
In the beginning, she attached chunks of mirror to the walls with screws but soon discovered she had a termite problem behind her walls and if she didn’t do something quickly, her house would disappear. She decided to plaster the walls first and put pieces of mirror on top to keep the termites away. She worked best when her husband was gone for a few days. Here is the result –
The exterior –
Lidia explained some of the paintings but as per usual, I had a heck of a time understanding her accent so I missed a bit. She too has paintings but after seeing his work, which I think is similar to Dali’s, hers looks pretty amateurish. She also does sculptures using mainly recycled products-
who heads back to Oxford tomorrow. We will miss her very much as she’s been part of the crew, helping Karen enormously. After supper we walked to the Kuwait Towers which were built in 1979 and contain water tanks and restaurants. The main tower is 614 feet high-