"My soul is from elsewhere, I am sure of that, and I intend to end up there."
I pray you are well.
I’m excited to share more about the Fitra: Amber series with you, right here in your inbox, just as I promised!
The Fitra series is now live at Artfare, and the Instagram takeover on Artfare's page is still ongoing. Join me on there if you have the time. I am really excited about this new body of work, and for the things I am learning along the way, and I hope you are too.
Nsenga Knight, Fitra: Amber (Sajda), 2022, Watercolor on Archival Clay Board, 6x6 in
The Fitra series reflects on a foundational Islamic concept regarding the nature of human beings. According to Islamic teachings all people are born pure and without sin. This pure nature is our "Fitra" and it is key to our connection to our Creator and our divine purpose, our most "authentic" and natural state. Referencing a story in the Book of Sufi Healing about how humanity came to know about healing plants; Amber is one of the ten healing plants, and it is known for its ability to heal our hearts - spiritually and physically.
Like a seed of any plant, it is only through breaking ourselves open and allowing ourselves to shift and be transformed do we reveal our highest purpose, express the best of who we are and share our unique gift with the world. In this series I use the same colors repeatedly in unique ways to express the various possibilities and shifting purposes that even the same color can hold.
Nsenga Knight, Fitra: Amber (Yusuf), 2022, Watercolor on Archival Clay Board, 6x6 in
I painted in watercolor because this is the first art medium I recall learning as a child, a time when I was guided solely by my own Fitra. Each painting is named after a child in my family - my own and nieces and nephews - to remind me of the great potential, pure and special nature that we all have.
If you want to see the rest of and purchase the Fitra: Amber series, you can find it on Artfare's website.
I’d appreciate it if you could share Fitra: Amber with people in your network who may resonate with the project.