Learning By Heart
In “I’m Sorry / I Forgive You” (Diptych), Islamic inspired adornment is applied to this tender act of reconciliation between loved ones. This portrait was taken the year before my father’s last breath (A respiratory ailment caused by side effects of various treatments he was under). I will live off of their love story till my last breath. There is no need for a song here because everything about them was actually real.
“Silent Sight” (series of six) questions the significance of vision, the most heightened of our senses yet perhaps the least relevant when attempting to see within ourselves and believe. In the series Silent Sight, I investigate how God is beyond object or depiction; finding different ways to describe or understand him beyond the gift of sight, brings me closer to His grace.
“Mirror Mirror / Allah Allah” (Diptych) raises religious and gender identity issues. It references one’s perspective on the world and one’s self, but also the world’s perception of what defines us as individuals. Here I have composed a scenario where I attempt to exercise inner and outer spirituality equally – whether veiled or unveiled, what is most important is that I see myself through God; as one of his creations.
The process of creating my artworks often begins with a series of questions I have, once the piece is completed, it has answered the questions, at least partly, and given rise to further questions...