"Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it." ~ Dschalāl ad-Dīn ar-Rūmī
The micro- and macro-cosmos, gardens, flowers, mythology, and the existential battle between light and shadow is the inspiration of the art and illustrative work on this blog. I meditate on flowers and observe how the light gives birth to beauty and how light aids colors and forms to emerge from shadow and darkness. My illustrative work engages with animals, florals, herbs and other themes.
For over a millenium, plant motifs in the form of vines, leaves, flowers, fruits, and trees were most frequently used in the art of the Islamic world. Fine Art as we understand it in the modern Western sense (as a self-reflecting discipline in itself) did not exist yet. Artistic ideas in Islam were and are expressed in many facets, amongst them in the healing arts as supreme form of artistry. Architecture, gardening, medicine, mathematics, geometry, decorative arts, all were destined to merge into the “fine healing art of Islamic art”, that is to enlighten, inspire and heal the senses, the body, the mind and the spirit.
Since 2016 I exhibit work from this blog at venues, festivals and gardens. From 2016-2017 selected work was on tour in Brandenburg.