By Seyed Alavi
May 14, 2004
Each of these pieces is created in a traditional
calligraphic style. This body of work is an exploration into language
and poetry, mystical writings and their use of words, as well as
calligraphic form and expressions. I am fascinated with how meaning
is attached to words, how words can slowly lose their meaning,
and how they have the potential to communicate a range of subtle
I am particularly intrigued with mystical writings
and poetry, because they seek to express the most delicate of
experiences. It is inspiring how a mystic, having encountered a
the range of the senses and intellect, uses the same common,
limited language, in order to express her uncommon experience of
Suddenly, the ordinary becomes extra-ordinary and the hackneyed
is transformed into poetry.
In these works, I have sought to
re-present these writings in such a way as to both meditatively
form and meaning of the words themselves and to honor the powerful
meaning behind each poem; thereby creating a dialogue between
that which is apparent and that which is hidden.These works are
in black ink on off- white paper, and are printed in a limited
edition of 30.
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Eshghe, 2001; From a poem by Attar; 30"H x
The love of the beloved’s face is an ocean of fire.
burn if you are a lover, as this is lover’s
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