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025 - Mamluk Legacy

12 + 9 Pt rosette pattern on a minbar in the mausoleum of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri, Old Cairo.
Original watercolour on 300 g/m². 42 x 56 cm

Process portfolio

When creating an Islamic pattern, there is a moment when the pattern seems to ‘quiver’ in resonance with a numinous counterpart presence in the unseen. From that moment, the metaphorical ‘ birthing’ process moves from womb to cradle. A symbiotic, reciprocal relationship forms between artist and pattern. Form takes on substance. People and patterns are designed to operate like tuning forks - and also like magnets - like attracts like. 
The layout of this pattern follows Abdelhalim Ghodbane (2015), After a bold carbon and sodalite start, a grainy and somber palette emerged inspired by memories of crumbling stonework and ancient marble floor tiles in Old Cairo mosques.

Thursday, 30 March 2017