Artist's description:

The primary meaning of the word jinn is “hidden, invisible to the eye”, and the broad meaning of Jinn is the same as "the hidden folk", referring to all kinds of beings we cannot see. The word can also refer to the invisible part of the human being, their inner world, as opposed to their visible body and actions.

Quranic lore is more specific in its description of Jinn. It reports that God created 3 races of rational beings: Angels, Jinn and Men. Jinn are intermediate beings between the spiritual nature of the former and the earthly nature of the latter. They belong to the imaginal, the world of archetypes, and this may be why they are said to inspire artists and poets (Arabic even has a verb, waswis, to refer specifically to jinn whispering in one’s ear).

The notion of concealment, of elusiveness, drove my design: the word must be there, but where is it?

Materials used:

Acrylic, metal leaf on Bockingford paper 300 gsm.

Jinn (2013)


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This artwork is sold by Joumana Medlej from United Kingdom

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