This Syrian artist creates dazzling soil paintings

This Syrian artist has swapped paint for soil

LOCATION: Damascus, Syria

When Julia Saeed had to flee Raqqa

she left behind her beloved painting kit

Unable to afford to replace it, she resorted to painting with soil instead


"Painting with soil saves money. At first I used it because I had no other choice than to paint with soil. But now I love it even if I have colors, now I have the passion for painting with soil. I feel something is missing if I do not paint with soil. I have to paint something new everyday."

Saeed now roams public parks to collect soil

and organizes workshops to teach children soil painting

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