THE PROMISED LAND
The drawing is an interpretation to the notion of The Promised Land. It imagines a scenario in which the Israelites decided to go back to the Egyptian desert after being disappointed of Canaan. Despite wandering for 40 years in the desolated terrains of the Sinai Peninsula, they are unsatisfied with what they thought to be their promised land by God, and they take the challenge of inhabiting the desert. In this way they adopt new criteria for judging the quality of land, and they rewrite their own narrative which once dictated what is the right land for them to settle on.
The desert terrain is where the contemporary promised land is formed, by juxtaposing the two main ingredients which support it - wilderness and abundance of natural resources. The ‘virgin’ nature is preserved throughout, while natural resources are constructed artificially above nature, leaving minimal footprint.