Uthen is an installation that tackles the origin of the tradition of the prohibition in Islam against the creation of images; as well as societal mindless adherence. The Quran, the Islamic holy book, does not explicitly prohibit the depiction of human figures; it merely condemns the worships of Asnam and Awthan (Arabic for “idols”) which was then interpreted broadly to representation of living beings as a whole.

The paper sculptures, a continuation of my previous work, act as platforms for the resin and charcoal created sculptures, who are without anthropomorphic distinction- maintaining, and now celebrating, the void Islamic prohibition impose. In that void there is an attempt to create an order that expresses equilibrium and eliminates the desire to clearly define. There is a welcome variability in the lack of conspicuousness.

Most importantly, Uthen is a transition piece between my Mindscape series and a project I am currently working on; a continued radical exploration of historical errors, the trivial, and the dream, of what is not- yet-said, as well at the limits of the useful connection between society and individuals.