Entry 2

The painting attempts to illustrate the Islamic concept and implications of God’s presence in nature. This idea suggests that nature itself reveals God’s presence, as aesthetic beauty, especially in nature, is importantly associated with God and with engagement with God. Immersion of oneself in nature, and interpretation of nature’s beauty as examples of God’s work, is represented by the floral theme of the piece. The flower, however, is abstracted by the alternating warm- and cold- color themes, demonstrating this notion that nature, although sensible in the objective sense, is also permeated with more obscure ideas, that is, with the mystical and the heavenly in the natural world. The flower as deducable, but abstracted, is thus meant to represent the coexistence of the otherworldly significance that is believed to be possessed by all things in nature, and yet, the perfectly distinct and comprehensible beauty which is obvious when one examines the natural world. In Islam, humans are able to identify, appreciate, and engage in the beauty of nature, and yet unable to completely understand the entirety of the hidden spiritual reality underlying all that there is. 

In the painting, the sections which alternate between cool and warm in terms of color scheme are box-shaped. This is meant to illustrate the Islamic idea of the natural laws which govern the world as proof of Allah’s divine creation of the world. Order, in Islam, then, is a sign of God, and humans can then examine nature as full of examples of God’s work.

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