Caio Ingber

All of the pieces in the art exhibit have very clear and present Quranic influences. Many of them have either verses from the Quran written on them in a calligraphic style or instruct Muslims on the proper forms of recitation. The influence of the Quran in all in the pieces indicates the major influence God has on Muslim culture beyond the limits of worship and practice. One of the pieces was simply just a small replica of the door of the Kaaba in Mecca.

From the Muslim perspective, the Kaaba is the holiest site in the world and is believed by some to be the throne of God himself. The ceramic plate and bowl serve as goods omens and symbolically exhibit God’s eternal presence. The two pieces contain lyrics to a poem by a Hafez, a 14th written around the edges of the pieces. This circular exhibition of Sufi lyrics represents the Sufi cycle of being transformed and return. Additionally the pieces themselves symbolically represent the individual’s close connection to God.

Both the turquoise and green stones have Quranic engravings on them that continue to praise the ever-present, omnipotent and supremely moral Allah. They praise God for his creation and mercy, yet recognize his ultimate power.