“This place is a dream.” ~ Rumi
My name is Roya Azal. I merge art, botany, phytology, Islamic spiritual practise, philosophy, medicine and psychology in my work. Life is alchemy – it taught me to surrender and to never give up. Nature is my nature. There is no reality but a multiverse of realities.
The story of humanity is a shared story and Islamic art and the philosophical and mystical heritage is a vast and greatly under-appreciated and unexplored treasure that contains many awe inspiring inspirations. Islamic culture and it’s achievements in botany, mathematics, chemistry and medicine are famous examples of what the human mind can achieve when it engages with things beyond the surfaces of our immediate perception. For me as an artist the art and science of Islamic thought and specifically Sufism is an unlimited source of inspiration and revelation. With my work I try to get beyond our varying cultural surfaces and bring to public attention the treasures within Islam and it’s artistic and aesthetical heritage. It is of great importance to me to also bring this together with human rights and our shared fight for a just social order and global economy.
Like so many fellow humans I was affected by people who use technology to abuse. I was cyber stalked and additionally abused by an incompetent and misogynist legal system for years. This made a very deep impression on me and brought me to this path. Islamic spiritual practise brought order and structure back into my life, and helped me to make sense of what I had experienced. It also gave me many new ideas and recharged my creativity.
Until 2012 I was living in London and working in Design, the Arts and IT. I was an editorial designer for the Education Gurdian and part of the online art scene. Now I engage as an artist with the struggle of light and shadow, and observe how plants grow, how they struggle to break out of darkness and how they form and bloom in the light. This I bring also together with cyber culture and our collective struggles. The art work is shown at local and international art events, gatherings, gardens and festivals. You can find out more about it on the Exhibitions page or on my homepage royaazal.net. Additionally to my art and design work I train as inter-cultural counsellor, naturopath and psychotherapist.
I also run a blog in German on Islamic Healing (diekunstdesheilens.com) and related subjects. The Red Mother (theredmother.com) is a project on alchemy. I am an irregular poster and usually don’t send out more then 2 or 3 newsletter per year. Like many people I engage to maintain the internet as a space of democratic empowerment, positive exchange and mental growth but don’t believe that marketing alone is the key to happiness and good communication.
I hope to make an empowering contribution with this blog, and to aid a better understanding between cultures and people. My creed is love.
Al Hayy! (The Force of Life)