Blue, The Sound Medicine

21st February 2023 - 02nd March 2023

Artist BIO

In 2019 she completed her one-year diploma in Islamic Traditional Arts from VMCTA, an Art School affiliated with the Princes School of Traditional Arts UK (PSTA). Being an Islamic visual artist, and an art teacher she combines her mystical inclinations and meditation practice with her passion for artistic expression as a path to connecting with the Divine, the One who is nothing but beauty. She has exhibited her work in many group shows and solo shows since 2018.

Artist Statement

In my practice, I am drawn to the similarities among spiritual paths. This series explores the use of blue as a metaphor for the heavens through the centuries. In mysticism, the sky represents an ascension to higher realms. Therefore, blue is a reminder of the soul’s journey home: a reuniting with the most High and Divine. I am fascinated by the links in different faiths, regardless of the continent or time they emerged. Exploring teachings from Zoroastrianism to Islam, I am attempting to develop a language for our commonalities. Chanting a verse is a means to absorb noble characteristics into one’s personality and a vehicle for reaching higher realms. Called remembrance, or Dhikr in Islam, a chanting mantra in Hinduism, or affirmations in modern spirituality. Christianity uses the rosary, while Judaic traditions include wearing the blue-lined tallit prayer shawl. The color blue then prompts us to remember the name of God and a pathway to the heavens. As a result, blue transcends the visual, blossoming into a sound that heals the soul, and leads it towards perfection and peace. In this show, I hope to make space for all monotheistic faiths through our combined culture and belief. This new body of work is a celebration of our similarities, a visual reminder of how throughout history, all our paths converge.

About Exhibition

Mined by the Ancient Egyptians, adorning tallits, texts and funeral masks, symbol of the celestial, within the colour blue is the story of civilizations and faiths. In this show, artist Fatimah Agha delves deep into the ancient hearts of religions, excavating what unites us. Using symbols, letters, texts and divine personalities, she casts her net beyond the flowering of Islam, back through time to the birth of Zoroastrianism and Buddhism. In works on canvas, paper, wood and papyrus, the colour blue—laden with mysticism, divinity and healing—runs like a ribbon of faith. As a spiritual teacher and student, she captures unexpected links between monotheistic beliefs, identifying beauty and commonalities in overlooked aspects of history. Ties such as Pharoah Akhenaten’s abandonment of polytheism, the linguistic bloodlines of the Hebrew and Arabic languages, and the parallels between Zoroastrianism (the oldest monotheistic faith) and Abrahamic religions. Combining her training in sacred geometry with painterly mark-making, Agha blurs boundaries and brings into dialogue some of the ancient centres of faith: Medina, Najaf, Jerusalem, and Yazd. In yogic scriptures, blue signifies the Throat Chakra and is linked to self-expression. Synonymous with representations of the Virgin Mary and the heavens, the colour has graced Buddhist frescoes since the 6th century and ancient manuscripts of the Holy Quran. Rare, prized, and desired, the sole source of ultramarine was the mountains of Afghanistan. This precious material travelled to Europe during the Crusades, its price rivalling the cost of gold. Fascinating artists with its ‘perfection’, the colour blue is more than a tale of trade and invention; within it is an intangible loftiness, a healing property; it is both sky and portal to another realm. Blue the Sound Medicine aims to show that faith can exist in harmony with reason and does not stand in opposition to beliefs from elsewhere. It is a thread winding through time and space, the hidden and the manifest, making us ascend to a nobler plane. Zehra Hamdani MirzaZehra Hamdani Mirza is an artist and writer. Her writings have appeared in the books Pakistan‘s Radioactive Decade—An Informal Cultural History of the 1970s, and A Beautiful Despair: The Art and Life of Meher Afroz. She is the recipient of the 2021 AICA International Incentive prize for young art critics, Honorable Mention


When the time to collect data and research for my show came I reached out to Jamie to help me with my research to find authentic facts about jewish rituals and jewish mysticism called Kaballah. She in turn connected me to so many jewish Artists and mystics in Jerusalem and elsewhere. Some of them are metioned below:

Avraham Loewanthal

Artist Based in Jerusalem, Avraham's Website has played a key role in helping me understand clearly Jewish symbols and their place in Art. He has been helping me understand the sanctity and protocol of using these symbols in art in a way that we can work with them while preserving their sanctity.

Daniella Abravanel

Author, mystic, healer & philosopher Living in Mexico. I was reading her book “ Secrets of Hebrew Alphabet when David connected me to her. I interviewd her Live on Instagram for my podcast series Diving deep. We discussed Spiritual Healing in Jewish Mysticism and its similarities to Islam.

David Friedman

Artist Based in Jerusalem. He guided me to the keywords I need to look for my research, His own work is very fascinating on his website which speaks volumes about Kabalah. He also connected me to Daniella Abravanel who’s a book I was already reading.

Nechama Shana

Artist Based in Jerusalem. Working on a piece for the Show “Blue the sound Medicine”. She is collaborating with a palestinian Artist for this work. Her work wil show the similarities between the Hebrew and Arabic Letters

Sam Rubin

Based in UK and Jerusalem, Sam is Jamie’s husband and he’s not only very well read in Kabalah but he is a very practicing jew. He has a very open and balanced view on Religion. He explained a lot of Jewish concepts in simple terms that made a lot of heavy ideas simple to comprehend for me . Sam also showed me his Sukkah during the holiday of sukkot on a video call from Jerusalem, He has been very generous in answering all my questions with utmost patience and kindness. We have discussed many similarities between Sufism and Kabalah.


Collaborations and Connections

Fatimah Agha is drawn to the common ground between religions, using her practice to forge connections with artists of various faiths. She invited a Jewish and Palestinian Muslim artist to collaborate to strengthen the relationship between the Judaic and Muslim beliefs. Adan, a Muslim living in Jerusalem, and Nechama Shana, a Jewish artist, responded to the theme of the healing properties of Hebrew and Arabic letters and the linguistic bloodlines they share as members of the Semitic language family. The work stems from Hazrat Ali's (AS) saying that remedies are within an individual "You are indeed the evident book, by whose alphabet the hidden becomes manifest. Therefore you have no need to look beyond yourself. What you seek is within you, if only you reflect." Working across tenuous lines, the artists' calligraphic work features alphabets they have in common (such as alif and alef). On a delicate mesh-like surface, Hebrew and Arabic letters share a space. Visually there is a friendship and harmony to the forms: the piece reads like a forgotten history or family album; the two languages have similar sounding words, including the poetic Arabic Ruh and Hebrew 'Ruach' for the spirit; Arabic's Rahman and the Hebrew Raham, originating from the word for womb. It reminds us that despite the differences, our ancestry and goal are the same.