Salma Arastu: Seeking Oneness

Artwork by Salma Aratsu
Thursday, October 11th 2018 to Friday, January 11th 2019

The GTU Library is honored to present a new library art exhibition titled "Salma Arastu: Seeking Oneness." The exhibit runs from October 11, 2018 – January 11, 2019 and is made possible by the Jane Dillenberger Fine Arts Endowment. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and will include a talk by the artist.

Artist Salma Arastu has almost 40 solo shows to her credit, and sees her work as inspired by the spirit of the divine. Over the past more than thirty years she has created images with continuous, lyrical line and a variety of re-purposed materials in an effort to express joy in the universal spirit that unites humanity.

"I have constantly searched for meaning and have arrived at one word, Oneness, which I am seeking constantly through my paintings, sculptures, and poetry,” says Arastu. "My works are lyrical, spiritual, figurative and calligraphic. Subdued colors and shimmering surfaces are created through several layers of colors and intensified with penetrating textures these paintings reveal stories of unity in diversity, peace and joy, celebration of life, groups of women and dancing whirling dervishes. Whether in paintings or in my sculptures these connected faceless dancing figures present the human universality. The same message of universality is spread through verses in Arabic Calligraphy and in Rumi’s poetry. Large or small, wood or metal, print or painting, my works are ongoing process of discovering myself and are created through an ongoing process of introspection that involves action and reaction to a variety of materials."

Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to all.