Heaven and Earth

Joumana Medlej

London, United Kingdom

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Inspired by knitting, where just two stitches can be combined to create infinite textures, this piece uses simple repeated units to achieve rich, apparently complex compositions from which the eye never tires of teasing out patterns. Repetition and the use of an organic writing tool which changes as the piece progresses are able to evoke, on paper, the feel and texture of cloth. This is enhanced by the use of natural mineral pigments, which have a life and tactility of their own.

The word that is here written 375 times is Allah, which is traditionally repeated like a mantra in the practice of remembrance, but also possesses a unique plasticity as a word. Here it is written in the shape of a triangle, endowing the pattern with dynamic forward motion.

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