Medallion (2016)

Medallion, in collaboration with Sana Faheemuddin, is a window installation at TheMUSEUM of Arabic pseudo-calligraphy that takes on the form of a design in Persian Illumination. We ask, can text be viewed and not read?

By surrounding the design with pseudo-calligraphy, the text and illumination reverse roles: The medallion illuminates the view and the text behaves as embellishment. This act contrasts the initial motive behind these designs, where borders of Persian scriptures were adorned to emphasize their significance within the culture.