Lizard's Law of Intertia- Arabic Calligraphy Print
39x33cm Ink On Paper
This is a signed limited Edition print out of 50. The image in this piece is created using only the Diwani Jali Arabic Calligraphy script from the poem 'Lizard's First Law of Inertia' by Scottish Poet, Emily Ballou. The poem is written exactly once from head to tail in the body of the lizard. While the part in the lizard's front claw reads 'Lizard's first Law of Intertia', the text in the circle (and just above it) read: '(Passage from) The World According to Lizard'. The poem was translated into Arabic by Mazen Maarouf and Lauren Pyott. The original English, and Arabic translation can be seen at the bottom of this description.
This design was commission by Reels Festivals to accompany their poetry publication featuring contemporary poets from Lebanon, Syria, and Scotland. Emily always says she's quite bashful about this poem, or about writing anything from the perspective of a lizard for that matter. So I'd expect she had mixed feelings when she found out that this image ended up being featured on the cover of Anon 8 poetry Magazine. But let's face it, we love hearing a lizard's thoughts as much as you love writing them down, Emily.
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Lizardʼs First Law of Inertia
Lizard saw that rocks wanted to be at rest on the Earth
and that smoke wanted to be at rest in the sky
and the stars wanted to remain where they had been flung.
He thought that a body was in its natural state when it was still,
and for his body to move in a straight line at a constant speed
no force but his own was needed to maintain the velocity.
Though wind helped occasionally with acceleration.
And the sun.
[From the world according to Lizard]
قانون السحلية للقصور الذاتي
السحلية ترى الصخور تريد أن تستريح في مكانها على الكوكب،
الدخان يريد الإستراحة حيث هو في السماء،
النجوم تريد البقاء حيث قُذِفتْ قديما.
السحلية تظن أن الأجسام الهامدة، تكون بلغت حالتها الطبيعية، وأنها، السحلية، لكي تستطيع المشي في خط مستقيم وبسرعة ثابتة، لا يلزمها أي قوى خارجية. مع ذلك، الريح، بين الفينة والأخرى، كانت تتدخل لتزيد من تسارعها.
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