The terminology used within bookmaking and its ties to the body is a relationship that’s been the central focus within my current practice. Like books, the body has a beginning and an end, and with the use of Arabic script, this gives me the ability to tie the work back to specific points within Islamic history, practice, and philosophies. More specifically, the Qur’an’s views on the creation of the body, the return of the body to the dirt, and descriptions of the afterlife are the paths that navigate the work.
Utilizing Islamic script as the source of inspiration ties it all back to my upbringing, and how my family brought their practice of Islam, both culturally and spiritually on foreign soil. Understanding today that their history is shrouded beneath layers of soil mixed with the rubble of the past, my job is to make sure their stories and spiritual way of life are preserved in some fashion, and their history isn’t lost in translation.