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This is a limited edition print out of 50, shipped directly from the artist. The print will also have the signatures (in Arabic and English) along with the print number written at the bottom in graphite. Dimensions: 28x52cm.

The image of naked woman lying on a bed in this piece is created using only the Arabic text from the poem "In her Absence I Created Her Image" by Mahmoud Darwish. The text is written in the Diwani Jali script. Every word in the poem is written an no words are repeated. The the words are arranged in order so that they can be read in eight horizontal lines Darwish's name is also written in the bottom right of the piece. An English translation of the poem by Fady Joudah can be seen below:

This particular piece is unique in my collection of work, due to its higher level of legibility juxtaposed upon an image and while still writing the text once, and exactly once. In the rest of my portfolio, most of the images are created by writing the text in the picture multiple times, so that its not necessary that every part of the picture is legible. Instead, in this work the words of the poem are written in exact order in eight horizontal lines. This legibility is significant because it means that every word must be made to fit a specific part of the image while at the same time fitting not only into the words both before and after it in the poem, as well as above and below it in the piece.
In her ansence I created her image: out of the earthly
the hidden heavenly commences. I am here weighing
the expanse with the Jahili odes... and absence
is the guide, it is the guide. For each rhyme a tent
is pitched. And for each thing blowing in the wind
a rhyme. Adsence teached me its lesson: If it weren't
for the mirage you wouldn't have been steadfast...
Then in the emptiness, I disassembled a letter from one
of the ancient alphabets, and I learned on absence. So who am I
after the visitation? A bird, or a passerby amid the symbols
and the memory vendors? As if I were an antique piece,
as if I were a ghost sneaking in from Yabous, telling myself:
Let's go to the seven hills. Then I placed
my mask on a stone, and walked as the sleepless
walk, led by my dream. And from one moon
to another I leapt. There is enough of unconsciousness
from its ascension. Take me to our early
years-- my first girlfriend says. Leave
the windows open for the house sparrow to enter
you dream-- I say... Then I awaken, and no city is in
the city. No "here" except "there." And no there
but here. If it weren't for the mirage
I wouldn't have walked to the seven hills...
If it weren't for the mirage!

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Arabic Calligraphy Print- Darwish's Nude NQ013

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: pen and ink, arabic calligraphy, calligraphy, reed pen, metal tipped pen, felt tipped pen, diwani jali script, kaligrafi
  • Ships worldwide from Lebanon
  • Favorited by: 92 people