Abdulaziz Al-Rashidi is drawn to the process of calligraphers and sees the beauty in their production phase and the pursuit of perfection. His views on calligraphers are juxtaposed between the two oxymorons, effort vs. effortless. He views the calligrapher’s resilience as an artistic effort but also appreciates the spontaneity in a calligrapher’s restless passion.
The dedication of executing a final work is what captures Al-Rashidi’s interest. The layers and imperfections that are leading to the final work is his main focus.
The artist is not interested in the final product as the calligrapher is, he is interested in the qaleb; which is the paper used for practice. Calligraphy is a process that requires patience and during the early days, calligraphers did not have a transparent paper to ease or speed the process of production.
The use of repetition becomes the skill and art of a calligrapher. To arch, spur, stroke, emboss and erase was the practice of a calligrapher. These sketches become a form of figurative painting to the spectator of today.
Al-Rashidi sheds light on this magnificent process and sees the allure in the process of repetition to the point of perfection. To Al-Rashidi, the qaleb is an exercise that moves the calligrapher’s practice only further.