Primordial Breath

2018
pigment on watercolour paper
56 x 56 cm
signed on the front
Unframed
Malachite, Chrysocolla and Terre Verte in gum arabic, 23.75 ct gold on paper. The letter Hâ is associated with the breath. In the lunar order of the Arabic alphabet, which is phonetic (the letters matching the sounds exactly), Hâ is the innermost sound, a breath generated at the level of the heart. The other letters travel upwards and outwards, ending with the outermost sound W. The numerical value of Mîm is 40, and in Primordial Waters that was arranged in 5 rings; the value of Hâ is 5, and there are 40 per ring. The two pieces therefore echo each other in form and essence.

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ABOUT Joumana Medlej
Joumana Medlej is an artist, author and educator from Lebanon, best known for her work with early Arabic calligraphy, from which her visual language is derived. After an early career in graphic design and illustration, her deep connection to this tradition was awakened during the years she assisted master Samir Sayegh in his Beirut studio. She...
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