Perplexity حيرة

"I threw myself into perplexity and He left me swimming in it."
— Ibn Arabi, in Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries

Acrylic and Gold leaf 23.75ct on paper, hand-cut, assembled on mount board. 64x64 cm.

Date25 April 2017
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The word حيرة here eludes any recognition unless you know it’s there. The pattern was cut out from a single sheet of black card, which casts even more confusing shadows where it is lifted, and enhanced with red dots and a single gold point. Why? If I explained, you would no longer be perplexed…

Creation process

A penny for your thoughts...