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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 experiences.

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 reality beyond the range of the senses and intellect, uses the same common, limited language, in order to express her uncommon experience of the unlimited. 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 explore the 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 created 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 45"W
The love of the beloved’s face is an ocean of fire.
You’ll burn if you are a lover, as this is lover’s path.

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