The power of the Ara­bic al­pha­bet

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE - By Ab­del­latif Sharaa

Sarah Has­san is a for­ma­tive Kuwaiti artist with a pas­sion for her­itage of the east. Her works re­flect her lean­ings to­wards folk­loric ex­pres­sions.

Sarah be­lieves Ara­bic al­pha­bets have spe­cial char­ac­ter­is­tics that even for­eign artists like the Swiss-Ger­man Paul Klee picked up. This can be no­ticed in her works, as she em­ploys the al­pha­bet to come up with beau­ti­ful works with sig­nif­i­cant artis­tic value. The Ara­bic al­pha­bet, which is con­sid­ered an in­te­gral part of her work, has a dynamic for­ma­tion with cer­tain var­i­ous vis­ual as­pects that bring the work to life and makes it vibrant with clear mu­si­cal har­mony.

Sarah has a spe­cial and per­sonal an­gle through which she sees the al­pha­bet. She does not aim to trans­form her works into a purely al­pha­bet­i­cal for­ma­tion, but rather at­tempts to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful link be­tween the Ara­bic al­pha­bets and other vis­ual shapes. By this, she turned the al­pha­bet one of her works' el­e­ments, where she was able to make the let­ters in­ter­act with other artis­tic el­e­ments and shapes in­spired by Is­lam­icArab art.

The works of Sarah Has­san are char­ac­ter­ized by a method of (al­tered re­al­ism) that can be con­sid­ered sta­ble and ex­pres­sion­ist, where shapes are dis­ci­plined. Her works fluc­tu­ate be­tween re­al­ism in some de­tails and ex­pres­sion­ism as a whole. Fur­ther­more, the in­gre­di­ents of her art are drawn in vivid shapes with slight al­ter­ations in some parts to form shapes in a form that fill the work.

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