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The word shâdh is the base for the works in this series. Shâdh literally means: “isolated, separated, anomalous, irregular, extraordinary, exceptional, curious, odd, eccentric, noncanonical.” Basically, off-centre, which is the idea explored in this series where the designs are seen from a position located on their outer edge. Not only do they spell out “deviant”, but they deviate from my usual work both by their perspective and their colour scheme.
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.
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