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One of the most spiritual and philosophical projects Ghalia Benali had worked on is “Underskin”. During an extremely rough patch in the artist’s life, feelings such as anger, jealousy, hatred and sadness emerged, along with many unanswered questions.

The spiritual aspect of the project was depicted in all the different answers found that carried the same message. A message of visualizing life’s experience, standing in the middle of a universe, connecting the land and sky and just being one with your surroundings.

It all started in 2005 when Benali envisioned existence as a tree that gave out life through branches that intertwined and flourished. The songstress’s pregnancy was portrayed as a tree with its roots entrenched in a hemi-sphere that represented a mother’s belly. The deeply embedded roots in the soil represented a myth regarding the unborn personality, hidden deep inside the songstress’s body.

Ghalia Benali used ink, needle and a vintage pencil plume and chose one of her paintings to be tattooed on her body. The message of “Underskin” is that you are the tree, you are the branches and you are the fruits. Inside you lies a fountain that never dries out.



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