Primordial Waters

2018
pigment on watercolour paper
56 x 56 cm
signed on the front
Unframed
Lapis lazuli and azurite in gum arabic, 23.75 ct gold on paper. 56x56cm. The image of this piece, made up of rings of blue 40 Mîms dotted with gold, was in my head long before I could put a title to it. The letter Mîm is doubly primordial, with its egg shape and watery associations: the name of the letter actually comes from the ancient Egyptian word for water, mem, shared with Hebrew and Phoenician, and related to Arabic mâ’. Mîm is also one of only 3 letters that begin and end with the same sound, and as such, symbolize the full circle away from and then back to the Source. Each circle is made up of 40 letters, in accordance to its numerological value.

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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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