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Joumana Medlej

I use the ancient Kufi script to create art infused with meaning and reverence. Free from iconography, the work bypasses the mind to engage a deeper recognition. The geometric compositions refer us not to the world of forms but to a cosmic order; their architectural quality generates a space in which one is held in contemplation and stillness.

The stylized, repeated words that make up the work endow it with the Kufi script’s intrinsic qualities—an affinity with geometry, an inner consonance of shapes and proportions that reflects classical teachings on Beauty—making each piece a self-contained whole, a world with its own natural laws. This is enhanced by the aliveness of hand-prepared materials: I have returned to the ancient practice of making my own colours and foraging for pigments. In this way, the creative process begins with the alchemical meeting of human consciousness and nature, and the physicality of transforming matter for the sake of beauty.

3 open listings

Selling: Eccentric III
Eccentric III
Acrylic on wood - Original
Selling: Eccentric II
Eccentric II
Acrylic on wood - Original
Selling: Eccentric I
Eccentric I
Acrylic on wood - Original
The Society of Women Artists 2018 Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London. “Art in Times of Crisis” talk, exhibition and workshops, Raleigh, USA, 2017. “Lighting the Darkness”, London, December 2015. Work included in “Signs, Traces and Calligraphy“, Rose Issa, Beirut, 2015 Work included in “Great Lebanese Painters of the Jihad and Farouk Abillama Collection”, Beirut, 2014 Sharjah Art Museum’s 5th Summer Art Festival, 2014 Kuwait’s 6th International Islamic Arts Convention, 2013-14 Art•Marylebone Art Fair, London, 2013 “Maktoob: Contemporary Calligraphy” , Maasser Beiteddine, Lebanon, 2012

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