Behind the Seen

Joumana Medlej

London, United Kingdom

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In one basic way of describing the cosmos, ‘Âlam al-Shahâda (the World of Seeing or “visible world”) is contrasted with ‘Âlam al-Ghayb (the World of Mystery or “invisible world”) — In analytical language: Conscious and Unconscious. We’re familiar with the former; it is forever filling our senses, concealing from us a subtler and wider reality.
In this piece, the “visible world” is torn to reveal another deeper world behind it. This is reinforced by the contrasting treatment of the two planes. In the foreground I deliberately dulled the blue and used golden gouache (a poor gold substitute) for the dots. But the background is painted over aluminium which shines through the watercolour, and the stars are shell gold 23.75ct and shell palladium, burnished so they truly sparkle.

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