This is a brief insight into my thesis: "The Real Face of Arabic Symbols". I have examined in depth the artwork I completed for my Masters of Fine Arts degree at Rochester Institute of Technology, the work for which was exhibited in the Bevier Gallery for two weeks during March 2017.
The aim of this study is to explore differences in symbolic language between the Eastern and Western cultures in visual arts and explain the misconception of Arabic symbols in the western world. It examines Arabic cultural symbols in contemporary art, and the creation of a symbolic language for a non-Arab audience to understand the real meaning of Arabic symbols. This symbolic language aided me in creating a new artistic perspective based on the generation of work in a different geographic location that altered the perception of these symbols. This body of work visually represents my experiences as a Saudi who has spent time moving between different cultures in the east and the west.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Calligraphy, Arabic; Symbolism--Arab countries--Pictorial works; Prints--Themes, motives; Plastic sculpture--Themes, motives; Photography, Artistic
Fine Arts Studio (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Eileen Feeney Bushnell
Sonbuol, Leena Yahya, "The Real Face of Arabic Symbols" (2017). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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