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Visual Verses: From the Form of Spirit to the Spirit of Form

Bakhsh, Rawaa (2014) Visual Verses: From the Form of Spirit to the Spirit of Form. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Bakhsh, Rawaa
Abstract:

Visual Verses: From the Form of Spirit to the Spirit of Form, is a personal spiritual journey that re-envisioned the studio as a sacred space, and art making as a spiritual practice, during a process of cultural adaptation from a religious context (Saudi Arabia) to a secular one (Canada). The project used a number of methodologies that integrate elements of Ta’wil, sound visualization, and art making as worship within the theoretical framework of Sufism and Sufi practice. The investigation culminated in the visual representation of Islamic holy scripts in new ways, beyond the traditional methods of calligraphy; the work is thus situated between a strongly religious background and contemporary art practice. This visual exploration was an attempt to combine the spiritual path and studio practice
of a Sufi artist, and thereby highlight the author’s spiritual journey as a form of self-exploration and cultural adaptation.

Date: 9 May 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic Art, Ta’wil, Sufism, Worship, Calligraphy, Sound Visualization, Adaptation.
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2014 21:15
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2014 21:15
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/51

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