Rashidah Salam

Terrence, Acrylic on canvas, 24" (H) x 54" (L)

Terrence, Acrylic on canvas, 24" (H) x 54" (L)


I wanted my audience to feel as if they are part of the flora and could be able to feel the grandeur and solemnness of being in the Garden of Eden. I wanted to bring the tropical experience and the wilderness into the gallery.

I’ve always been interested in the simplicity but yet intricacy of the complex Arabesque patterns, adding my own twist of culture and tradition into pattern design. My method of designing the patterns are based on the vibe, mood and the timeline that I want to recreate in my painting. The inspirations come from every form of media and bits of culture that I’ve come upon. I then rewrite the piece by creating my own painting design composition. I normally draw a basic grid structure as a baseline of my pattern. From there I will develop a free-handed and free style pattern transformation and metamorphosis to tie the patterns and the colors. The pattern designs and the colors are usually endless and infinite. This is why my work are normally in modular form.


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Matahari, 20” (H) x 48” (L), Acrylic on canvas


Just stay in silence, listening to the sounds of pheasants, crickets, birds, and owls… rustling of leaves in the trees on a breezy night and during the day time. Drawing water from the well, bucket by bucket, watching the dragonflies and butterflies singing, and the Venus Fly Trap plants in action eating. 

Cherry Moon
Garden of Eden