The word "Himma" is a complicated notion which cannot be translated by any one word. Spiritual aspiration would be one way of expressing it, but it has also been explained as “creative power of the heart”, “high ambition”, “concentration of energy”, “resolve” and “the heart’s intention”.
In a Sufi context, himma begins in the heart as a desire for God, and as it grows in intensity and concentration, it becomes a creative force capable of manifesting what is usually not visible on this plane. In its extreme fullness, himma is the source of the miraculous powers of great teachers and saints.
Somehow my research of this deep concept was interwoven with dreams of intensely blue kingfisher birds. This dream image guided the design (which evokes rows of overlapping feathers) and set the colour scheme. Under a spot light, the kingfisher blue achieves full intensity and sparkle, but in lower light (such as an overcast day) it becomes dark and shadowy, while the lighter blue shimmers gently as if with an inner light – my favourite look for this piece.
Himma comes with a booklet detailing the story of the piece: a deeper look at its meaning, photos of the sketching and making process, and instructions for hanging and caring for it. I recommend consulting the latter before unpacking the piece.
Acrylic, pigment, interference colours on MDF, laser-cut and hand-assembled.