Songes and Sparrows,
with Kibele Yarman
c. 2016

Songes and Sparrows attempts to piece the scattering of human communication through ink and foil. Najeebah begins by collecting figures in dance which she then abstracts with black ink. The ink redacts the figures until a statue of still-emotion stands–bearing monument to excerpts from poems, written and gilded in Turkish by E S Kibele Yarman. Through these excerpts, Kibele divulges the internal discordance—the quiet uprising that results from separation, isolation, and solitude. Her calligraphic foil pushes the legibility of text and image to add urgency as a result of this absence.

For prints.