Museum of Religious Heritage
The works in this exhibition resulted from a residency at Green Olive Arts in Tetouan, Morocco during the summer of 2018 and subsequent studio work in Australia. The exhibition continues a series concerned with generative art, art made from an underlying mathematics or geometry, and the work in this exhibition has been influenced by traditional artworks in Tetouan’s UNESCO-listed medina.
The medina in Tetouan has examples of Islamic art that can be linked to the broader culture of al-Andalus on the Iberian Peninsula and particularly Granada from where Muslims (and Jews) fled to Morocco in 1492. The Islamic presence in Iberia had lasted from 711, nearly 800 years of interaction across the Mediterranean for which Tetouan was the main port. This connection accounts for the stylistic similarities between artwork at the Alhambra and in Tetouan, even though the works in Tetouan are generally smaller and have a more public context, particularly those in passages of the medina.
The artworks in the exhibition create a sense of energy or presence through working with structure and were made specifically for the Museum of Religious Heritage at the Luqash Madrasa. The Luqash family were Moriscos expelled from Spain during the 17th century inquisition and members of the family served as secretaries to the Sultan, as governors of Tetouan, and as port administrators. They established the school and mosque, which is built in an Andalusian style and became a museum in 2004.