Marissa Cross

The most striking thing about this exhibit is the way it showcases the inseparability of religion and everyday life for Muslims. Everyday objects such as plates and rings were inscribed with beautiful calligraphy of the Quran so that people can constantly be reminded of God. In particular, there were a few beautiful turquoise rings on display. These had verses of the Quran written on them. Not only were there Quranic verses on the rings, but one even fits a whole chapter. The dedication it must have taken to inscribe in perfect, tiny handwriting onto a ring is remarkable. This shows the dedication to infusing everyday life with the glory of God.

I also noticed the lack of realistic depictions of people or things. Most of the pieces only contained calligraphy of the Quran. This highlights that God is put before all other idols, even man-made ones. Art should be praise, not something to life yourself up.

You can also see the importance of Hajj, one of the five pillars in this work. There was a piece that was a replica of the door of the Kaaba. This stood out to me because it was one of the few pieces in the exhibit that was not just decoration of a useful object. This little door was made solely for the purpose of art. However, the statue is still of a very holy place. It still makes the connection between art and religion quite clear.