|90 × 90 × 5 cm
Salvaged paint, on upcycled cotton, stretched over cradled FSC certified timber panel
The Path That Leads Everywhere, 2023
Influenced by the Sufi patterns that adorn the mosques and architecture in Saudi Arabia where Hodway grew up, this piece is a reminder that all empires have their time before their inevitable decline. Largely unknown in The West, the Umayyad Caliphate, and subsequently the Abbasid Caliphate which were established after the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and centred around Saudi Arabia, were the seventh largest empires in recorded history. They arose after the Roman empire, and were over twice the size of it at its greatest extent. Although these empires are gone, their legacy continues to influence the world through religion, culture and architecture.
As tessellations, these geometric patterns can repeat infinitely. They are commonly argued to be references to, and reminders of the spiritual, as well as physical aspects of existence in Islamic decoration.
Using recovered emulsion paints, and drawing upon compositional elements including Western and Eastern sacred geometry, this piece is intended to remind us of the cosmological principles that unite us with the universe. Although we were once all part of a terrible and glorious exploding star, our physical (atomic) and mental (energetic) transformations are always reconfiguring. Sometimes dramatically, and sometimes uncomfortably. What we interpret as rust and decay is simply the impact of time and energy reconfiguring the combinations of atoms that constitute our physical reality. One day we will be part of another one of the brightest lights in the heavens again – visible across the cosmos for aeons. Our matter has been here forever, and will be here forever, in one format or another. In this way we are all eternal and immortal.