"As-Samad: The Perfect/The Eternal"
My BA (hons) Fine Art
Final Major Project
The entire project is constructed out of triangles made out of cardboard paper and wood. The process is time-consuming but meditative. The triangles create a perfect pattern to contrast with the photographs of animals portraying the perfection of man versus the perfection of creation.
*As-Samad is one of the 99 names of Allah.
"Do the unbelievers not realise that the heaven and earth used to be one solid mass that we exploded into existence? And from water We made all living things."
My work refers to the notion of a meditative space within the context of Islamic art. My photographs create a narrative concerning the dialogue of patterns in cohesion with nature - where both nature and patterns are created in calculated ways, it is not random or accidental; everything is planned, functional and has a purpose.
In creation, there is uniformity in design. The immensity of God is reflected in the cosmic order and also in the artefacts shaped by the hand of man, which are fashioned not according to imagination alone, but also according to the nature and inherent laws of the object itself.
"To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour."
- William Blake