An artist paints on water – level 3

11-11-2021 15:00

Zohra Zarougui, a Tunisian artist, paints on water using an ancient technique of marbling called Ebru.

This art is not taught in Tunisia, so Zarougui had to travel and study abroad. She got a master’s degree, and after years of research and experimentation, she returned to Tunisia.

The artist creates pieces from patterns from old cities in the Arab world. She sprinkles brightly colored dyes into pans of oily water and then transfers the patterns onto a piece of paper canvas. According to Zarougui, it takes years of studying to be able to bring out the history of this art and its techniques and methods. Her experience lasted several years outside the country, and it took a lot of courage and sacrifice.

The art of Ebru first appeared and evolved in the 15th century in Persia and Ottoman Turkey. Some of the methods use colors which float on the top of a bath of liquid mucilage.

Difficult words: dye (a substance that people use to change the color of clothes, hair, and so on), sacrifice (to give up something that you like or want to keep to get something else or help someone), mucilage (a thick gooey substance that’ comes from plants and some microorganisms).

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