Working with no more than 5 colours to one painting, El Nagdi says in an interview with Anna Wallace Thompson: “its mystic; the use of black and white. Black is night. Black absorbs things and takes them into itself and hides them. White is lightness and the sun. Everything is clear and open: One takes in, one gives out.” His calligraphic period is heavily influence by tasswuf (to become a Sufi); inextricable from the Islamic idea of oneness is his use of the word Allah – the divine – presently, which is essentially the unanimous symbol of Islam.
Possibly one of the first examples of calligraphic works by El Nagdi; this rare example was his initiation into art of calligraphy and an insight into his personal exploration of Sufism.
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