Label Text: Ibrahim Said draws his inspiration from Islamic art and the cultural heritage of Egypt. For Said, the form of a work is the foundation and each additional step (carving, glazing, etc.) must support the form.
Calling’s cone-shaped forms resemble the audio systems often affixed to the top of minarets. These series of stacked megaphones call Muslims to prayer. The highly patterned ends of Said’s “megaphones,” however, resemble ancient Islamic jug filters. Over the centuries, jug filters were embellished with beautiful floral, geometric, and calligraphic patterns. Said continues this tradition by incorporating filter patterns into his sculpture. The simple circular shapes balance the ornate carving. The green glaze used in Calling is based on similar glazes used in ancient Egyptian ceramics.