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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hasan, Salima Mohammed
Author's Email Address shasan@live.com
URN etd-04272012-103715
Title Permitted Memories and Ornamentation
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Celentano, Denyce Committee Chair
Barr, Courtney Committee Member
Dean, Paul Committee Member
Frederick, Ortner Committee Member
Kelli , Scott Kelley Committee Member
Malveto, John Committee Member
  • Arabic design
  • Figures
Date of Defense 2012-04-19
Availability unrestricted
Hasan, Salima, B.F.A, University of South Alabama, 2009.

Master of fine Art, spring commencement, 2012.

Major: Studio Art, painting and drawing.

Permitted Memories and Ornamentation.

Thesis directed by professor Denyce Celentano.

Pages in thesis, 18, word in abstract, 116.


My thesis project is a collection of paintings and drawings that juxtapose iconic Islamic ornamentation with portraits of members of my family, both living and dead. The creation of images of living beings, particularly people, has long been banned in Islam and, as a result, the faces of my loved ones have long lived only in my memory. For my sake and theirs, I have liberated them onto the canvas, combining them with the intricate patterns of my youth. In doing so, I drew upon influences from renowned portrait painters such as Rembrandt, Lucian Freud, and Celia Paul. The result is both immediate and nostalgic, abstract and concrete: a combination uncommon in Islamic art.

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