Takbir تكبير

Metal leaf and ink pens on Cotman paper 300 gsm. 50x50cm.

Date31 August 2010
Limited edition screen print

While attending a Sufi ceremony during an art festival, I was fascinated by a chant that repeated 2 sentences in an endless repetition, like a mantra: Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, La ilah illa-llah
Here the two circles spell out the two stanzas, and like the music and the whirling dance of the dervishes, the design circles endlessly on the paper.

I also made a limited edition screen print, to which metal leaf is added by hand:


A penny for your thoughts...