Community Cafe, Chicago

The project was undertaken by eL Seed, Savera Iftikhar and Ali CoolGuy as a collective work of art, in keeping with the spirit of community. The art piece consisted of a canvas made entirely from parts of used t-shirts donated by individuals throughout Chicago.

Savera built the canvas and then, alongside Ali CoolGuy, helped eL Seed realize a calligraphic composition, using regular and spray-paint. The phrase that was painted in calligraphy on the t-shirt canvas means ‘there is no death, only a change of world’. This phrase comes from the North-American First Nation Duwamish: paying homage to their strong sense of duty and environmental stewardship.
Furthermore, ‘there is no death, only a change of world’ is nicely demonstrated in the ‘second-life’ that the recycled T-shirts now enjoy as part of a collaborative work of art. Weaving this Duwamish philosophy with the curves and strokes of Arabic calligraphy brings to light the environmental principles that are present, yet oft forgotten, in Islamic sources.

The project was undertaken by eL Seed, Savera Iftikhar and Ali CoolGuy as a collective work of art, in keeping with the spirit of community. The art piece consisted of a canvas made entirely from parts of used t-shirts donated by individuals throughout Chicago.

Savera built the canvas and then, alongside Ali CoolGuy, helped eL Seed realize a calligraphic composition, using regular and spray-paint. The phrase that was painted in calligraphy on the t-shirt canvas means ‘there is no death, only a change of world’. This phrase comes from the North-American First Nation Duwamish: paying homage to their strong sense of duty and environmental stewardship.

Furthermore, ‘there is no death, only a change of world’ is nicely demonstrated in the ‘second-life’ that the recycled T-shirts now enjoy as part of a collaborative work of art. Weaving this Duwamish philosophy with the curves and strokes of Arabic calligraphy brings to light the environmental principles that are present, yet oft forgotten, in Islamic sources.

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About elseedart

eL Seed perceives Arabic Calligraphy as a tangible expression of his search for identity. Throughout his work, myriad paths intersect and mirror the multiple sources of inspiration which nourish his art. Emanating from this confusion is an amalgam of harmony and balance. His art is a mixture of street art and Arabic Calligraphy. It is the product of a double marginality, that of an oriental art seeking a voice in the occidental world, and that of street art struggling to legitimize its presence on the contemporary art scene. This duality enables the reconciling of two supposedly opposing worlds and two supposedly clashing cultures. eL Seed no longer tags his name on walls. He has decided to adopt a proverbial tradition in which the name disappears and only the message remains. Therefore, rather than searching for what distinguishes him from others, eL Seed searches for what unites him and others. His art is a link, an arm outstretched, a bridge towards those who are open to his message.
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