Poem of the Atoms, by Dschalal ad-Din ar-Rumi
O’ day, arise!
Shine your light, the atoms are dancing.
Thanks to Him the universe is dancing.
overcome with ecstasy,
Free from body and mind
I’ll whisper in your ear where their dance is leading them.
All the atoms in the air and in the desert are dancing,
puzzled and drunken to the ray of light,
they seem insane.
All these atoms are not so different than we are,
happy or miserable,
perplexed and bewildered,
we are all beings in the ray of light from the beloved,
nothing can be said.
~ Dschalal ad-Din ar-Rumi
“The Atoms are Dancing” is a poem by Rumi and a series of art work in which I explore color, light and form through the visual language of mystical Islamic thought. The results are meditations in flowers, a popular subject in Islam. I observe how the light gives birth to beauty and how light aids colors and forms to emerge from darkness and shadow.
The work is inspired by Najmuddin Kubra’s extensive work on colors and the mystical quest, as well as by Samir Mahmoud’s profound work on Sufism, beauty, light and colors, further Henry Corbin’s work as well as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and his Color Theory. I explore aesthetics within Islamic thought.