August 24, 2019 2

EL SEED: CALLIGRAFFITI IN CAMBRIDGE

EL SEED: CALLIGRAFFITI IN CAMBRIDGE


I use Arabic calligraphy as a tool to connect my culture and other people’s culture and I always say that my artwork is here to create bridges between people from different cultural generations I’m using this picture to create these bridges and here in the middle Cambridge I am using these words of this poet Veronica Forrest-Thomson who was part of the British Poetry Revival. ‘Follow the reader and his writer, those emblematic persons, along their mythic route, charting its uncertain curves and camber’ I just love the first sentence that says “Follow the reader and his writer” and for me what she wanted to show is like as a writer you dont exist if there is no reader, as an artist I dont exist if there is no audience and that’s what creates a connection between you and society in general and as an artist I wouldn’t create the art if I knew there was nobody here to appreciate what I’m doing. Today we have people coming so I trace and they fill in the colours for me it’s a way to give back the piece so
somebody in a year or so ok so this part I am the one, this pink part on the wall. So
you get this sense of belonging, this piece belongs to us it’s not just a guy who came… It’s important I think to engage with other people. I mean if it was the summer I think I would be just chilling drinking some juice and letting people finger pull the paint,
I dont paint I just trace… no im joking.

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