Gifted to me by my dear friend Sarah Ahmed aka Jaffat Al Aqlam, this hand-bound mini sketchbook became an opportunity for me to reflect and mourn the absence of a departed loved one.
The shared bed was a sacred space, and yet it was also fragile and easily shook. Other times it was simply a place for the mundane, for rest, for daydreaming.
The pages express in a sense the domestic observation of two very tumultuous and fragile people who are so close in proximity and shared space, and yet so far.
I began an investigation into talismanic magic squares, and sacred mathematics as a language and gateway to the divine, a spiritual algorithm of sorts. I used dice and play to construct a series of drawings based on the outcomes of three squares: symbols, sounds, thoughts and shapes that ground me; numbers to help me plot distances; and colours.
The outcomes have been unpredictable and yet somehow make so much sense. Due to the collaborative nature of this project, the intangible immateriality of the divine, and my own desires and thoughts, I do believe that these drawings are protective, grounding talismans meant to be decoded by my heart and soul.
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