Zahir & Batin: Rhythms of Being
Zahir & Batin: Rhythms of Being, a sculptural and mixed-media installation, explores the profound concept of zahir (exoteric) and batin (esoteric) found in the Sufi tradition of Islam. The installation uses the eye-blink as a metonym to explore the dynamic movement between states of zahir and batin. Through the act of blinking, the being continuously experiences a temporal opening and closing of the eyelid and a movement from lightness to darkness and back again. The embodied nature of the work engages the viewer on a visceral level; for instance, by peering through optical lenses and seeing themselves through the eyes of another, the work challenges the viewer to apply their bodies and intuition in pursuit of the unseen.
Interdisciplinary MFA Thesis. OCADU. Toronto, Canada. 2012