You waited two years for this exhibition. Why?
I come out with an exhibition when I think I have broken new ground. There have been times when I have not had an exhibition for five years for the very same reason.
What new ground have you broken this time?
Not only do I develop diff e rent approaches, I often change mediums. This time I have been inspired by qawalis.
How did you fuse music with painting?
Due to my handicap, I have not missed anything in life except for music. I heard music before I lost my hearing. I continued to be associated with qawalis because it has motion translating music into gestures. As a painter, it's my belief that the real significance of both poetry and painting is that they invoke a multiplicity of images.
Could you elaborate further on that?
For instance, if a painting depicts a closed window, the plausibility of it opening is also pregnant in it. In qawali, when the dawn waits to break in course, the stillness is pregnant with the motion which is about to break. It is this...