Arabic calligraphy in all its aesthetic and linguistic complexity is little understood in the West, and often regarded as an art form belonging to the classic Islamic arts, therefore, to the past. My idea is to explore the long history of using calligraphy as ornamentation, in Islamic art. I have taken this concept further by merging my western education with my religious and cultural sensibility. The result is, my paintings communicate abstract interplay of color, transparency and value, exploring calligraphic line, form and shape. And encourages the viewer to see American-Muslim culture in an admirable way. My paintings are an amalgamation of East and West, classic with contemporary. Bridging the gap between two cultures, visually and culturally.
I explore the creative possibility of calligraphy. I use calligraphy as shapes, rather than letters or words. The calligraphy is not meant to be read, but enjoyed. Keeping it as a dominant element in my paintings, written words give the impression of random brushstrokes, patterns or single letters develop into decorative loops.
The purpose of my art is to bring people together. Open dialogue about my culture and community with the western world. Engage society and explore the well integrated, hybrid Muslim identity in America. My art ,serving as a contemporary extension of this traditional art form, referencing a multitude of issues —religious, social, political and personal. My deep concern is to change the negative stereotype that inundates Americans-Muslims.