NIGHT 102 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

Talismanic shirt

Pockets of the universe in main circles

Like a red carpet before royalty, as I like to say, painting the red undershade before the gold goes on top

Then have to do the other side

Work in progress

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NIGHT 101 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

Happy to be featured on the wonderful Art Illuminated podcast by Esra Alhamal of @islamicillumination

I listened to it and we actually covered loads of ground!

I talk about my art, journey as an artist, creative process, my life-changing moment encountering my favourite historical miniature painting, how the book as an object and an idea is central to my practice, my teaching and courses, ripping out book pages (! Not by me), carpet pages and Carpet Pages, the series of exhibitions I curate, weaving, roots, stories, thinking outside of the boxes and outside of the margins, escaping the frame, the difference between water-based and oil-based paint, different surfaces, vertical and horizontal perspectives and formats in western and eastern art, floating islands and series of islands giving multiple perspectives, not prioritising one over another, in the Deleuzian rhizomatic sense – no privileged viewpoint, magic carpets as islands, growing up in Hong Kong island hopping daily, changing my reference points and my early interest in the outlying and the marginal, the city and the natural landscape, anthropomorphism in landscapes, maps and the importance of islands in history, the spark in my childhood that prompted my 1001 Nights PhD adventure today, my 10,000 hours, being interrupted – like Shahrazad, who was also a mother – while also being in the flow and picking up where you left off and embracing that, historical art workshops and their deadlines, insomnia and creativity, frame narratives and stories within stories, fate and magic, early cinema and 16mm film, talismanic shirts, the Arabic abjad, letters and numbers and big numbers, survival instinct, the curating process and the story behind my brushes. Fittingly we recorded it in the @britishlibrary with all its attendant public sound effects 🙂 Thanks to Esra Alhamal for doing such a good job with her seamless editing skills!

See podcasts here: https://www.islamicillumination.com/podcast

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NIGHT 100 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

African textiles @bruneigallery @soas School of Oriental and African Studies London – talismanic cloth with Maghribi script and amulet designs from Ghana, 20th century. Inspiration for my own talismanic shirt and designs.

Also seen are some indigo dyed men’s robes, love the display

From @karunthakar collection

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NIGHT 99 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

Transformer: A Rebirth of Wonder

Curated by Jefferson Hack

Artists Donna Huanca, Korakrit Arunanondchai Juliana Huxtable Evan Ifekoya Doug Aitken Quentin Lacombe Dozie Kanu Chen Wei Harley Weir & George Rouy Lawrence Len Sophia Al-Maria & Victoria Sin

Worlds within worlds

Shamanism

Technology

Speculative realism

Energy transference

Healing

@temple @strand @london @leylines

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NIGHT 98 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

1/1001

Journey of 1001 miles begins with this 1st piece

A talismanic shirt

Once a painter, always a painter: this will be paint on fabric, also in the tradition of talismanic shirts. It will be painted on primed canvas that has been stitched into a shirt, so bringing the painting away from the wall and onto an object (2 dimensions when flat, 3 dimensions when worn… 4 and 5 dimensions when the tradition of these shirts and the spiritual protection are taken into account!)

I’m so happy to finally be getting stuck in and making work for my 1001 Nights PhD at last!

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NIGHT 97 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

2 x 1001 Nights seen in 1 evening in London! 1: The UK debut of Kazakhstan’s oldest theatre, the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, at the London Coliseum @eno in Covent Garden performed Scheherazade, my favourite piece of classical music by Rimsky-Korsakov. 2: Storytelling from 1001 Nights by Chirine El Ansary presented by @crickcrackclub @britishmuseum – lovely to see no.1 with @islamicillumination

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NIGHT 96 – THE STORY OF KING UMAR ‘IBN AL-NUMAN AND HIS FAMILY

Coliseum

Hagia Sophia

Bodhi tree under which Buddha achieved enlightenment

Entry to Memory Palace

New York, New York, and Ellis island

Pyramids at Giza

Contour lines on a map

Memory Palace by @esdevlin at @pitzhanger where she captures memorable and remarkable events that have shaped human history from the beginning of the first humans up to today. Brilliant and inspiring piece of work that informs my own work on memory and the 1001 Nights. So happy I saw it and thank you to the really lovely gallery ladies @pitzhanger_manor_gallery who so kindly let me in just before closing time after I’d had a horrendous journey on London transport during rush hour – people like that remind me that capital cities are not only where you find the worst people, but also the best.😊 Cities = civilisation, civility and citizens but not always zen, as also encapsulated in this monumental piece of work. Glad I made it, totally worth it.

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