Art has become almost as essential to her as the air that she breathes. There is no greater thrill and no greater freedom than having a blank piece of paper or a blank canvas and filling it with whatever is in her mind. She usually has a very clear image of the type of picture she wants to create and then once she has her idea, she simply places her hands in the space of God and sees what happens.
The painting takes her to another level, another plane where the problems of the world dissipate and where she presents with nothing but my innermost thoughts and the Divine. Islam and the love of her religion is an endless source of inspiration, which she tries to convey with ideas that come to her from literally all walks of life – a brick wall, a crack in the pavement, and even a chopping board! She wants her pieces to show the evolution of traditional Islamic painting and art. Just as God is everywhere, so she sees the beauty of her religion in all that is around. The purpose of her art is to inspire people, the viewer of my work, to think, to absorb, maybe even to meditate but most importantly – to create a conversation.
“You don’t necessarily have to have the same religious beliefs as me or to even know about Islam. All you have to have is an open mind” – Siddiqa Juma.
The purpose of her art is to inspire the viewer of her work, to think, to absorb, maybe even to meditate but most importantly – to create a conversation. The viewer doesn’t necessarily have to have the same religious beliefs as her or to even know about Islam. All the viewer has to have is an open mind.