Dana Lipper

The art pieces are all exquisite and beautiful, with meaning behind each one, adding to the beauty. Something I noticed in all of them was the color and repetition. The bright, deep, colors, as well as the repetition of patterns, world, and symbols added to the intensity of the pieces. Additionally, this supports the idea that God is bountiful and omnipresent. While much of the pieces were works of art and decoration, the Quranic verses added a sense of meaning. In addition to being used for decoration, they are also used for protection, blessing, and good omens.

Many of the pieces were objects that you could wear or carry with you- so that you could stay protected and keep God and the Quran close to you. I think this shows that you can be close to God in many different ways- in ways that go beyond praying. While God is omnipresent, it may be helpful to have a constant reminder- such as prayer beads, or rings with Quranic verses, or the name of God written on them. I think this also correlates with a chapter by Brown who explains that some believe that God is the creator and created acts, but he also created humans to execute these acts. Similarly, God is omnipresent, but that doesn’t mean that humans don’t have to work in order to feel God’s presence or to receive the benefits of spirituality, faith and believe.

One piece that really caught my eye was the blue ceramic plate. The blue was so deep and beautiful. The plate had jagged instead of smooth edges. The border consists of the ninety- nine names of Allah, and in the center it is written: “In the name of Allah, the compassionate, and the merciful”. I wonder what the significance of the placement on this piece is- with the names of God surrounding this quote. Is it a reminder that God can manifest himself in multiple ways and has multiple functions and beings?