I had said that the painting “Rebel” was the last painting in the An-Noor series. When I found out I would get to show the series at the Carrack Modern Art in January, I felt strongly compelled to make another painting. So I added this piece, which also turned out to be many people’s favorite in the series.
This painting is of one of my dearest friends. In the image she is carrying her first child, a daughter that she named “Noor.” The photograph I worked from was taken just a few days before Noor was born.
A few notes about the piece:
I wanted the background to feel as though it was inside of a womb. It’s this safe space where she can connect to her child, imagine the future.
The green dress brings to mind the Arnolfini portrait, one of the most recognizable renderings of a pregnant woman.
I’m not sure that the An-Noor series is “finished.” I see that this is a big conversation, and that the portraits in this project only scratch the surface of the diversity of American Muslim women. There is much that is left unexplored here, so I’m open to expanding this series as I meet more women who inspire me. But for now, I guess I punctuate An-Noor with a “…”