Saida Fagala – Houston Sister Cities

It was Buddha’s quote that inspired me to create art and this drawing in particular:

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.Buddha

My initial impulse was to create a sculpture but gradually the sketch turned into a drawing…Love is the power that moves the cosmos and our earth; it is where we find peace and happiness in life. Opening the door to love makes us experience divine power of being connected to the universe.

I decided to submit this work for the Open The Door project, because I believe that it illustrates how we all are connected with each other and with the universe and what this beautiful gigantic cosmic world has to offer us. Love, peace and a good will. We just have to open our hearts’ doors to remember its constant presence, to be ready to receive and to give back.

Another one of my favorite quotes by James Campbell also provides an inspiration for my submission: “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls“. This step is about opening the door, stepping outside and receiving the gifts of the universe. To see the beauty in the flowers and the sky and to take the time to smell the grass and feel the wind.

 To take time to be connected to your environment and to give your love back to the universe.

About myself…I graduated from Baku State Art College in 1977 and in 1983 from Baku State University of Fine Arts with a master degree in decorative and applied arts.

I started showing my art in 1987 and series of my works were purchased by Moscow Museum of Oriental Art and Nizami Museum in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In 1990 I became a member of the Union of Soviet artists. My works were shown in a various exhibitions in Russia, Turkey, and Germany.

In 1998 I moved to the United States and was invited to Anya Tish Gallery in Houston were I showed and sold my ceramic sculptures.

I collaborate with different galleries in Houston and participate in many art shows in town.

In my early works I concentrated primarily on perfect geometric shapes decorated with cobalt blue. Lately, I find myself more and more fascinated with human faces and figures done in a wide variety of colors, under-glasses, stains and oxides.

More recently, I have begun creating small groups of human figures that, while supporting one another in their thoughts, consist of distinct individuals with their own stories to tell. The endless variation of human faces and forms makes it easy for me to live up to my self-imposed maxim that all my works will be one of a kind, never to be repeated or copied.