Spirit روح

“The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself like a lotus of countless petals.”
— Gibran Khalil Gibran

Watercolor, ink on Cotman paper 300gsm. 50x50 cm.

Date23 September 2011

Ruh روح is the spirit or soul. It is also one of the Lata’if, the “subtleties” of Sufi psychology also known as Chambers of the Heart, and the color red is attributed to it.
Uncharacteristically, the image of the design came to me spontaneously, and from there it was a matter of finding out if it was possible to create it in the manner faithful both to the script and to geometry by which I work. The resulting “flower” brought to mind the above quote.

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