The Wound is Where the Light Enters- Rumi
An Exhibition of Mystical Tattoo Designs by Karima Sharabi
Saturday, 2nd March to Wednesday, 6th March: 10am to 6pm
Karima’s journey with Arabic lettering began when a friend in Peru asked her to create a tattoo with his daughter’s name in Arabic. As she considered various designs, she began to see how the Arabic letters could be molded and shaped into recognizable forms. The movement of the letters could capture the sentiment of the word and express the profundity of the Arabic language.
The immediate response from the public after posting images of her work on Instagram was unprecedented. She had followers from all over the world requesting tattoo designs, some simple and others multifaceted; receiving the most interesting and moving stories with numerous requests; stories of struggle and overcoming obstacles, lost love and sickness. In a sense, Karima’s calligrams became a totem to each of its owners - a mark of an important life change and permanent reminder of their strengths and virtues and of seeing ‘the light’.
The pieces presented in this exhibition, The wound is where the light enters are Arabic calligrams inspired by the works of eastern spiritualists like Hafiz, Rumi, and Khalil Gibran as well as Native American leaders who understood the sanctity of nature and their surroundings. These calligrams combine the beauty of Arabic lettering, which is most often associated with Islamic design, with other religious and cultural symbols.
All are welcome