This is a brief insight into my thesis: "The Real Face of Arabic Symbols". I have examined in depth the artwork I completed for my Masters of Fine Arts degree at Rochester Institute of Technology, the work for which was exhibited in the Bevier Gallery for two weeks during March 2017.

The aim of this study is to explore differences in symbolic language between the Eastern and Western cultures in visual arts and explain the misconception of Arabic symbols in the western world. It examines Arabic cultural symbols in contemporary art, and the creation of a symbolic language for a non-Arab audience to understand the real meaning of Arabic symbols. This symbolic language aided me in creating a new artistic perspective based on the generation of work in a different geographic location that altered the perception of these symbols. This body of work visually represents my experiences as a Saudi who has spent time moving between different cultures in the east and the west.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Calligraphy, Arabic; Symbolism--Arab countries--Pictorial works; Prints--Themes, motives; Plastic sculpture--Themes, motives; Photography, Artistic

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Degree Name

Fine Arts Studio (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Eileen Feeney Bushnell

Advisor/Committee Member

Clifford Wun

Advisor/Committee Member

Denton Crawford


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at NK3633.A2 S66 2017


RIT – Main Campus

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