Manuscript Book No.2: Caressing with the Constellations 3 – Book

Series nameSaleem Arif Quadri: 2002 to 2006

Gouache on paper, double page images

Date of Creation / Publication2002-2006
CreatorSaleem Arif Quadri
Associated Person/ OrganisationSaleem Arif Quadri
Collection and Reference NumberSaleem Arif Quadri collection (GB 2661 SQ)
Catalogue NumberSQ/PUB/2000/7
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Saleem Arif Quadri
Series notesThis is part of three manuscript hand-made books: 'Invocations', 'Caressing with the Constellations' and 'Geometry without Gravity', each measuring 32 x 64cm when laid open. The first consists of 50 double-page compositions on the name Allah (God) in the Arabic script, following the tradition of Islamic calligraphers elaborating the Holy Name into evocative graphic compositions for devotional contemplation. This book is dedicated to the memory of the innocent victims of 9/11, and of all victims of violence in the world today. 'Caressing with the Constellations', uses the technical device of "pregnant" space, 40 double-page compositions consisting of figurative and abstract forms, interacting, floating and flowering into shapes made real by their literal presence or absence, and celebrating the power of artistic fantasy.
Collection notesThe Saleem Arif Quadri collection contains digital images of his artworks, including paintings, ceramics and manuscript books from the late 1950s to the present day, as well as from several exhibition catalogues. The materials also include items from his curatorial work.