In this final year at City & Guilds, I wanted to create a sculpture that had a narrative that was a powerful as its main character. Before starting my final year I was in New York and was able to visit the Museum of Modern Art.
Walking around the gallery I came across of a figure whose body was an abstract shape with the details of the figure painted on. This sculpture had in his right hand three wooden figures of women. Later I found out this piece had been done by Marisol Escobar.
I thought that someone should do a similar piece about Saddam Hussein, because of his huge presence in modern history and also in relation to what he did in his ‘private‘life.
At the back of my mind I knew that his second daughter from his first marriage had done a remarkable thing for her father; further research she had paid for his defence lawyer when he was taken to trial, even though he had killed her own husband and she had had to defect to Jordan.
The work, which I have titled Blind Loyalty is a way of expressing my interest in politics, history and my admiration of the personal strength that found when it is needed.
“When asked about her father, Raghad told CNN, "He was a very good father, loving, has a big heart." Asked if she wanted to give a message to her father, she said: "I love you and I miss you." Her sister Rana also remarked, "He had so many feelings and he was very tender with all of us.”