Saudi Installation: Lulwah AlHomoud exhibits at London Design Biennial

September 4 - 23 Celebrated Saudi artist, Lulwah Al Homoud,

Saudi Arabia’s installation, Being and Existence, explored the relationship between language and our emotional state, and in particular the effect of different forms of language on the messages we communicate. Artist Lulwah Al Homoud has developed an abstract form of language, evolved from the Arabic alphabet and taking the form of a geometric pattern – an intricate,symmetrical web of fine lines and symbols. This graphic work stems from her research into Arabic calligraphy and Islamic geometry, which she undertook aspart of her MA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – the first Saudi to achieve this distinction. Al Homoud explored the rhythmic ‘codes’ and symmetries of the Arabic alphabet and then used these as the basis for geometrical designs. The process combines the mathematical and the emotional,the realms of logic and language.

At the biennial, visitors entered into a darkened room with animated geometric patterns on each wall. These were intended to convey the sense of a prelapsarian, universal language – a means of communication understood by all.A series of mirrors drew visitors and patterns together as part of the installation, creating a connection that, Al Homoud hopes, will instill a sense of serenity and tranquility. “Language can spread love, anger, grief and peace,” she says. “I chose a language that speaks to the soul to create a peaceful experience. This piece of design is an attempt to unite us in an abstract way

September 4, 2018