Ruh al-'Alam is the founding artist of Visual Dhikr, and the founding partner of design studio Make Me Believe. Born in London of Bangladeshi origin, Ruh al-'Alam is a young graduate in illustration and graphic design, from Central Saint Martins. He works in a variety of mediums including illustration, film, audio, interactivity and photography, and newly in sculpture and digital interactive work. Ruh's work uses his own Arabic scripts with a contemporary digital graphic design influence; Core areas of his work are Calligraphy–modern but in keeping with traditional script work; Paintings based on his calligraphic works; Interactive work for presentations and online presence; Art installations integrating sound and imagery. The work is often displayed as oil/acrylic paintings, art prints, screen prints or projections. Ruh founded Visual Dhikr in 2003, concentrating on the spiritual element in remembrance of God and contemplation of His Creation, concepts appearing often as threads throughout his work. Ruh al-'Alam has also founded and currently runs his own collaborative design studio, Make Me Believe from London.
Artist StatementMy work is now moving a little more towards more generic concepts of self-reflection, change and remembrance of the Divine. The Arabic and Islamic terms and concepts are broad and relevant to all people, regardless of background or faith. More recently I have begun to experiment in sculpture which is something I'm expecting to develop from trial and error metal work in my studio. I am also working in interactive design–and have in mind several interactive-installation projects using sound and imagery. I am taking calligraphy (my core method of communication) out of its traditional ink on paper setting to more 3d sculptural and interactive areas–allowing people to better grasp the messages within.
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