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Order of Beauty

2017-2018

The Order of Beauty drawings reference the underlying structure of Islamic design—and therefore Islamic architectural forms and patterns. Each of the nine drawings in the Order of Beauty series begins with the same matrix of interlaced circles laid out in Order of Beauty No. 1. This drawing is the basis of a pattern, if further developed, called the Breath of the Compassionate referring to teachings on “the Divine Breath” as the basis of all creation. The 24k gold patterns emerge from a hidden extensive network of drawn circles and lines. Rather than copying Islamic patterns wholesale, I search the underlying circles for patterns that are intuitive and idiosyncratic. As with the great domes of Islamic mosques, the drawings become a calming visual representation of the expansive universe and possible guide for easeful contemplation for the viewer.

Order of Beauty No. 9

Order of Beauty No. 2

Order of Beauty No. 8

Order of Beauty No. 7

Order of Beauty No. 1

Order of Beauty No. 6

Order of Beauty No. 4

Order of Beauty No. 3

Order of Beauty No. 5