I must remember that I am an artist. I must remember my paintings, my etchings, my ceramics and my glass sculptures. The sorrows of Syria, the irredeemably harrowing o pain of the children of Syria and my bearing witness to them have almost severed my life-giving relationship , the symbiosis between me and my art.
I once worked very hard to resurrect and revive Arab Islamic art, awarding special attention to the arts of the book and the art of illuminating manuscripts. Therefore when you look at the porcelain plate I amds some time ago, you might understand my devastating anguish at the loss of a considerable part of Syria’s heritage. The figure of the Angel of the Trumpet in the plate is inspired by the illuminations of the Arabic manuscript, Wonders of the Creation, Iraq 13 century, written by Al Qazwini. In designing the rest of the plate, I used a mixture of Arabic calligraphy and motifs echoing some ornamental patterns in Western manuscripts, for I loved exploring the art of illumination in the Arab and the Western worlds in Medieval-early Renaissance times.
Porcelain plate decorated with undeglazes
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