Chourouk Hriech (b. 1977, lives and works in Marseille), a French artist of Moroccan origins, works primarily with monochrome or black and white two-dimensional drawing, as well as some installation, video, and photomontage. Hriech’s drawings create spaces not bound by empirical reality, although many build upon recognizable elements reproduced from actual places. The often surreal nature of these images engages with notions of mapping, mobility, social fictions, and the position humans occupy in the contemporary world. In 2004, Hriech published a book of drawings entitled The Pink Book. Her work has been shown at various institutions including L’appartement 22 (Rabat), Musée d’Art Contemporain (Lyon), and Kunstnernes Hus (Oslo).
Chourouk Hriech’s black and white drawing, "Water is Captive to the Well," is a figuration of family stories and urban landscapes. Beginning originally with A4-sized drawings, Hriech projects her work to re-create it in large-scale, on wall or, as in this case, on wood. The simplified architectural space in this work includes representations of the artist’s own body within the stories it frames, emphasizing imaging as a means of both understanding and existing. Hriech draws upon the question of individual memory and personal history by articulating the body alongside the mechanical city.