Ruah


 

RUAH means "spiration; wind; spirit, soul, breath. " This word appears in its unchanged symbolic meaning, and the same wording in the three religions of the Holy Book (Christianity, Islam, Judaism) [...] Gravity, beauty and detail of artist artworks is a real delight for the senses. They are created with the utmost care and artistry, which testifies to the quality of craftsmanship elevated from the Alternative Imaging Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. The works of Nadia Issa have one more important and interesting philosophical context – after all they aren’t religious works. Each of art pieces clearly refers not only to faith in general, but to concrete religion (Islam, Judaism and Christianity), and yet, without a doubt, these works have primarily symbolic and philosophical character. In these works symbol and universality, enhanced with artistic form and beauty, rather than religious message is dominating, at the same time being an evidence of the triumph of art over particularistic faith.

Thanks to the mastery of form, talent and beauty, the artworks function not only as symbols of religious identity, bur regardless the context and time they are objects through which their their essence shines and embodies. 

dr Paulina Tendera (Jagiellonian Univeristy).