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Rice paper

Seyed Alavi
September 30, 2005

This past May, on a trip to Japan I was inspired to buy some rice paper. I found a beautiful paper at a calligraphy store in Kyoto, so I bought all that they had left. It encouraged me to finally manifest a project that I've been working on for a long time. It is entitled "Jahnon", which is the Persian word for dear.

“Jahnon” (the most beloved) is often used in Persian Sufi poetry to address one’s beloved. The word is a plural of “Jahn” which literally translates as spirit and refers to that which is most dear and essential to one’s being. In other words, Jahnon does not refer to an actual person, but rather to an essence that is at the very core of existence >>> See

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Rice paper drawings
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Other Projects
* Signs of the Times: Utility Boxes in Emeryville, California
* Flying Carpet: Sacramento International Airport
* Tale of Time: Kochi City, Japan
* Who am I: Market Street, San Francisco
* The Color of My Dream: San Francisco Art Education Project
* Nature of Life: San Jose, California
* Un-Covering: Emeryville, California
* Speaking Stones: Richmond, San Francisco

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