In 2018, Mr. Hajj Wafaa ran a course in Arabic calligraphy at Worcester Art Museum; I was the first to sign up. It was a pleasure to go back to my roots and learn how to write my mother tongue artistically. In late 2019, I connected with him again and we began a journey in private tuition via WhatsApp. In February of 2020 we applied for a Mass Culture Traditional Arts grant and in January of this year we were awarded a sum of money that will help me cover my tuition and host an online exhibition in the near future.
what an honor!
More to come about this journey...
Wish I Were A Bamboo/ Front
In my Arabic calligraphy art, I am trying to honor, revive and link my passion for both Asian Art and Arabic calligraphy in these pieces to create something unique and intriguing.
"If only I were like the bamboo tree, free of attachments. We cut off a part of its stalk and plant it, without roots, in any land. It does not take the stalk long to grow new roots. They grow again in a new land without a past, without a memory. It does not care about the different names people call it: kawayan in the Philippines, khayzaran in Kuwait or bamboo in other places."
Wish I Were A Bamboo / Back
"The Happiness of the lotus flower is born from suffering"
"Groans of Iraq"
You are tired, O heart, just like Jerusalem, just like Damascus
Just love being torn by separation
You have an unbearable sadness
You are the groans of Iraq..