Louisville Magazine

MAY 2019

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louisvilletickets.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 5.19 107 UNBOUND Continued from page 89 "No matter what's our belief, I feel it's a time to not necessarily separate who we are. Of course we're all unique — in our backgrounds, in our sexual preferences, all these things. But I feel this is a time where we need to be on the same level as humans, in a non-cheesy way. Like, really: We are all humans in the end. What we like, and what we represent, is what was enforced on us by our parents and cultures and geography. In the end, I could be probably similar to you if I grew up like you; vice versa." e lower level of Sora's house looks like it's hosted a sophisticated version of a Day-Glo party. Paint nearly covers one section of the tile floor, and Sora points out shoeprints in it, themselves a record of her practice. She comes down here in the mornings, after her coffee or tea, and gets to work, usually starting with a flat canvas. She employs varied techniques, including stripping paint off the artwork for a textured, ethereal quality, while her cat — who, judging by her command of the studio space (and utter destruction of a circular Italian leather sofa), was likely an artist in a past life — keeps her company, along with the dragon babies out the window. In a back room, Sora has some of her oldest artwork, including a few damaged pieces that survived a car bombing at her father's gallery back in Baghdad. She tells me that, the second time a car bomb went off near the gallery, her father survived because he'd happened to go to the bathroom. She spreads some of the damaged, curled-up canvases out on the floor — figurative pieces, far removed from her current work. en she places them back and turns out the light. Outside, finally, it's spring. e dragons are warm in the sun, and the trees are forging new growth. SUBSCRIBE $22/year Call 625-0100, email circulation@loumag.com or visit louisville.com/ subscriptions the best read on the city. Bring us into your home every month.

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