This artwork wavers between two contrasting temporalities. The harsh and boring temporality of the modern world and the secret temporality that lies inside the eyes of the little girl. The softness of the child confronts the ruthlessness of the world and from this confrontation is born a powerful artwork. The child silently looks at us and expresses her discomfort. The scene is perceived at enough length to get both the unease of the modern man and the urban environment in which they evolve.

- Safae Mounsif

The Call

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

30" h x 24" w x .75" d
4 lbs. 6 oz.



Safae Mounsif
Montreal, Canada

Getting to Know Safae

Safae Mounsif was born in Casablanca, Morocco and studied architecture in France. For Safae, an interest in architecture has led to a fixation with the modern urban environment, which is the primary focus in her contemporary paintings. She selects subjects that are unglamorous and perhaps don’t easily fit into society–prostitutes, loners, blue collar workers, city kids. Safae’s depictions of these individuals are vivid and emotional. By tightly cropping her compositions, the viewer is compelled to interact with characters and situations that one might normally avoid. The result is a series of engaging portraits that bring life to urban characters and encourages the viewer to consider the individual’s circumstances.