By SERENITY BOLT
Khadija Zizi began creating her bold, dynamic artwork in 2000, when she took a painting class and never stopped. Since then, she has refined and explored both her craft and themes: travel, motherhood, and the balance found between harmony and discord.
Her contemporary abstract expressionist work expresses emotion through dynamic shape and color, inviting the viewer to resolve conflict through visual experience.
Zizi’s paintings are a striking meditation on the material aspects of form, color and texture as well as a literal and metaphorical journey through culture and archetype.
Zizi’s work is also a natural, creative expression of the academic research interests that she has explored throughout a 25-year teaching career in both the US and Morocco: gender, the media, linguistics, cross-cultural communication, and translation.
Despite being featured in national and international shows, Ms. Zizi remains dedicated to her painting classes, which she says help provide focus for her work and, most importantly, a sense of community with other local artists.
In addition to her role as Academic Coordinator for the MOJ program, Ms. Zizi is senior professor of English at the Institut Supérieur de l’Information et de la Communication (ISIC) in Rabat, where she founded a student journalism magazine, ISIClick. She is also associate editor of the fourth volume of Women Writing Africa (2009) and president of the Moroccan Association of Teachers of English.
Her exhibition “Get a Start With Art… And Harmony” was featured at the Agdal Cultural Center of Rabat from Sept. 27- Oct. 13.
Her work is also available on her website at khadijazizi.com
Serenity Bolt studied art history and creative writing at the University of Vermont. She is currently interning with Round Earth Media in Rabat, Morocco while completing her Master’s degree in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.