Exploding Shamsas

Inspired and fascinated by the Arabesque motif of Shamsa, Lubna has used it as a cornerstone in this series. Shamsa refers to the sun [Shams] in Arabic and has traditionally been used to portray the infinite. Each painting has a core and just like the sun, it radiates outward from its center.

This motif often appears in the opening pages of traditional Arabic, Persian, Turkic and Indian illuminated books. Lubna has rendered the Shamsa in a contemporary style by using her unique typography while employing traditional and non-traditional techniques