Acrylic on 3D cut wood panel
Collaboration with Cerebral Concepts (http://cerebralconcepts.org/)
'Baraka' is an Islamic term that means blessings or the beneficent force from God that flows through the physical and spiritual spheres. The pattern is a variation of the 'breath of the compassionate'.
The 'Breath of the Compassionate', or 'al-nafas al-rahman' in Arabic, is an eight-point star design, significant to many cultures and religions. It has medieval roots and can be found in many religious iconographies. It's found in a lot of Islamic architecture, in which adjacent tiles alternately expand and contract into one another. This sense of visual inhalation and exhalation is based around the teachings of Ibn al'Arabi, who named this universal principle of creation, joining the elements of fire, air, water, and earth. In astronomy it represents the 4 corners of space (n,s,e,w) and time (2 solstices, 2 equinoxes).