CHARGED


Focused on what is held and exchanged energetically between the human body and organic matter. The specific movements of that are linked to prayer. Prayer plays a huge role in my embodied experience and, subsequently, my research. This body of work looks at healing through the positive force of prayer (positive words and vibrations) in Islam. Through Wudu, the use of water and stone in ritual practices all co-exist. Tayammum refers to the dry purification ritual (Wudu) alternative, which uses stone, sand or soil when water is not available.


TAYAMMUM
50x 50 cm (2020)
Acrylic, Gouach handmade from stones on cotton canvas

BOUYA’S HANDS
80x 80 cm (2020)
Acrylic, Gouach handmade from stones on cotton canvas





SUBMISSION SERIES


Is an ongoing body of work exploring the movement and composition of kelp and seaweed left on the shore once moved by the waves. Observations were taken in Varna, Bulgaria and Arranmore, Ireland, linking to the Islamic prayer times at sunrise and sunset. This is used as a metaphor for reflection and expresses the Islamic philosophies around submission, God's order and our connection and alignment to the natural world and everything in it. With the belief that all living organisms are in remembrance and submission to the Creator. During the first lockdown, the work was born where a longing for healing and acceptance of circumstance was vital.


WAVE FIVE
80x60 cm (2020)
Gouach handmade from stones on cotton canvas

UNTITLED PAPER SERIES
20x 35 cm (2020)
Gouach handmade from stones on washi paper



WAVE ONE AND TWO
80x60 cm (2020)
Acrylic, Gouach handmade from stones on cotton canvas






WAVE ONE AND TWO
80x60 cm (2020)
Gouach handmade from stones on cotton canvas






EAST - EAST Vol.4
THE CURIO SHOP


My participation at The Curio Shop includes a triptych set that reflects scenic ‘snapshots’ of my time in Hokkaido. Building a ritual around prayer was an important part of the time I spent in Japan, and creating a peaceful environment around it. With my usual habit of burning a scent before prayer, I found myself carrying a box of incense and bottle of water bought at Family mart, that would allow me to perform wudu (ablution). The works echo a deeper aspect of my artistic practice that looks at the vibrational properties of water, scent and nature to our overall healing and well being. I explore these ideas through a spiritual lense and the importance of natural elements as part of my practice.  



CUPPED WATER IN HANDS
50x 50 cm (2021)
Gouach handmade from stones on cotton canvas


Al-QAMAR
150 x 100 cm (2019)
Acrylic on cotton canvas, 2019