“Suspended Together” is an installation that gives the impression of movement and freedom. However, a closer look at the 200 doves allows the viewer to realize that the doves are actually frozen and suspended with no hope of flight. An even closer look shows that each dove carries on its body a permission document that allows a Saudi woman to travel. Notwithstanding their circumstances, all Saudi women are required to have this document, issued by their appointed male guardian.
The artist reached out to a large group of leading women from Saudi Arabia to donate their permission documents for inclusion in this artwork. “Suspended Together” carries the documents of award-winning scientists, educators, journalists, engineers, artists and leaders with groundbreaking achievements that gave back to their society. The youngest contributor is six months old and the oldest is 60 years old. In the artist’s words, “regardless of age and achievement, when it comes to travel, all these women are treated like a flock of suspended doves.”
Without the haunting meaning Manal AlDowayan’s piece is really beautiful, I love the printed ceramic doves how they are suspended in the air all circling each other. They look like they are almost flying, trying to soar out of the gallery on their letter printed wings. I found this art installation while researching and really liked how it was suspended together. I like looking at how other artists have suspended their pieces as research for my installation. I want to make sure my installation looks the best it can when suspended in the gallery.