All human languages are tightly interwoven with the history and culture of the nations and people who speak them. There is an inherent beauty to the lines of each sign, balance, and proportion of the symbols in Arabic calligraphy that are amazingly beautiful. In Arabic writing, one can feel musical rhythm to the words- there is a feeling as if one can hear the music or poetry. Arabic calligraphy is an art that contains the Arabic alphabet or Arabic script and has significant value because it includes a message which is meaningful to the artist. I think Arabic calligraphy is my way to express the pure beauty that is full moral integrity, value and ethics.

My subject matter’s inspiration comes from a stereotypical piece of advice; “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” As cliché as that sounds, it’s a simple piece of advice that many people choose to forget. A person’s appearance might project perfection, but once you dig a little deeper, you might find an empty shell that represents nothing. I am interested in this topic as a reflective analysis. Every day I encounter people that have one dimensional priorities, whether it be appearance, the color of someone’s skin, or the educational degree they carry. They choose to judge a character based on these things before assessing the essence of their personality. Through my work of multimedia sculptures and jewelry, I explore these ideas through many materials such as, resin, aluminum, steel, and wood.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Metal sculpture--Themes, motives; Art metal-work--Themes, motives; Calligraphy, Arabic--Pictorial works

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Student Type


Degree Name

Metals and Jewelry Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Leonard Urso

Advisor/Committee Member

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

Advisor/Committee Member

Clifford Wun


RIT – Main Campus

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