Artist's description:

Qabd means "contraction", "constriction", "closing". In Sufism, this describes a diminution of self by withdrawing from the surface personality towards the interior. It describes one that has passed beyond fear and hope: at that level, fear becomes contraction and hope becomes expansion.

I expressed the contraction by working with a small mass of black in the centre of a lot of white; the dots are strips of gold paper squeezed between and out of the black squares. Seeing them properly requires a change of perspective: one an then see that contraction, while uncomfortable, fills the useful function of squeezing out our hidden gold.

Materials used:

Watercolor, metal leaf and papercutting on Paper.

Contraction (2017)


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This artwork is sold by Joumana Medlej from United Kingdom

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