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Being and Existence

LULWAH AL HOMOUD’S INTRICATE GEOMETRIC PATTERNS FOR BEING AND EXISTENCE WERE BASED ON THE ARABIC ALPHABET, USING THE FORMS OF LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE A POSITIVE EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE.

Saudi Arabia’s installation, Being and Existence, explored the relationship between language and our emotional state, and in particular the effect of different forms of language on the messages we communicate. Artist Lulwah Al Homoud developed an abstract form of language, evolved from the Arabic alphabet and taking the form of a geometric pattern – an intricate, symmetrical web of fine lines and symbols. This graphic work stemmed from her research into Arabic calligraphy and Islamic geometry, which she undertook as part of her MA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – the first Saudi to achieve this distinction. Al Homoud explored the rhythmic “codes” and symmetries of the Arabic alphabet and then used these as the basis for geometrical designs. The process combined the mathematical and the emotional, the realms of logic and language.

Visitors entered a darkened room with animated geometric patterns on each wall. These were intended to convey the sense of a prelapsarian, universal language – a means of communication understood by all. A series of mirrors drew the visitors and patterns together as part of the installation, creating a connection that, Al Homoud hoped, instilled a sense of serenity and tranquillity. “Language can spread love, anger, grief and peace,” she said. “I chose a language that speaks to the soul to create a peaceful experience. This piece of design is an attempt to unite us in an abstract way.”

Credits:

  • Designer: Lulwah Al Homoud
  • Supporting Body: King Abdulaziz Centre, Saudi Arabia