Carelle Homsy started her career very early. Since childhood, she knew that no other path suited her. Her fist solo exhibition took place in 1992 and started what was to be, and still continues to be, a long career. Her early style is what could be described as expressionism, an artistic movement which focuses on portraying the world through a person’s sole emotional and subjective perspective, along with a touch of fauvism, a movement whose aim was to demonstrate an artist’s skills through the greatest splash of colours. Later in her life, Carelle became more of a symbolist, using vivid colours to emit a specific message in an indirect way.
Her work, full of vibrant movement, quick brushstrokes and all born of a colourful palette turned into something that comes alive. Each work’s composition is structured in a way to push forward the balanced mess that is the world. As most artists are, she is quite sensitive to her surroundings, her emotions being dictated and brought to life in her work. Upon examining her work through the years, one can see the changes that happen in both her personal life and her political surroundings.
Always giving relevance to human emotions, Carelle’s birthplace of downtown Cairo played a big role throughout her life. For her, it wasn’t simply her childhood home, but rather has always personified the DNA of what the community of Egypt was during its best and most glorious era. An array of different nationalities and cultures all living and sharing this common understanding of what it means to be Egyptian. Carelle herself is a product of this Egypt, of this mixture of DNAs. In her blood runs the Syrian, the Italian, the Armenian of Egypt. Her marriage to a Greek just seems to add to the equation as Greek culture has been intermingled with Egyptian culture since the time of the late pharaohs, thus creating a unique blend of cultures. All of this emotion is reflected in her work, and her love for this international Egypt is the most prominent aspect of her work. You could never oversee this love she emanates for her country as it shines through her every work of art.
The artist, forever the fighter, forever the protester, fights for her beliefs through her paintings. She believes in freedom, the kind that stops where another person’s freedom begins, she believes in equality, for every being on the planet.
Her work has a strong composition, always bringing comfort to the viewer, never aiming to disturb their eyes. What she aims to do is shake their mind, always with elegance and beauty.
In this exhibition, titled “Symphony of Life”, Homsy mixes all the objects of her affection with the ideas that plague her mind in a harmonious way, thus creating a kind of symphony. The subject of Adam and Eve, not simply portraying the relationship between them, but most importantly reflecting the position it puts a woman in and protesting the belief that she is the bearer of evil. This brings forth the patriarchal culture that has been created and the situation that a modern-day city woman has been subjected to. However, it does not end there as a conversation on animal rights is evoked. Rights to those who are cohabiters on this planet with us, who deserve to enjoy it just as we do and not be second to human beings, becoming subject to their cruelty.
Carelle's work today reflects happiness after distress, a calm after a time of political disturbances. Upon seeing the work, viewers are left with a colossal amount of good energy, positivity, and optimism for the future; this is after all what the artist had hoped to bring out in people. All of this, in addition of the components of her unique style have put her on the path of great modern artists.