Mawadah Muhtasib

Who is Mawadah Muhtasib?

Mawadah Muhtasib is from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has a BA in Motion Graphic Design at Dar Al Hekma University. At an early age, Mawadah explored with a variety of mediums including film, illustration, graffiti and painting in order to find her language of expression through art. In 2013, she created her own Calligraffiti typeface, which is a combination of Calligraffiti paintings and mirrored Arabic characters that focused on the beauty of the strokes and lines of the Arabic letters and form.

The ideology of this typeface is to focus on the aesthetic of the strokes and visual form instead of the actual content. In other words, to look beyond the first layer and observe the Arabic letters from a different perspective. The typeface is not necessarily readable to the viewer, however, this gives the artist more freedom to express in a medium and a language that only she can read.

Muhtasib has exhibited her work internationally in places including Jeddah, Kuala Lampur, Salvador de Bahia, New York, and Detroit. She is a part of the collection of King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture and she collaborated with the Office of H.H. The Crown Prince of Dubai for the creation of the longest graffiti scroll which achieved the Guinness World records in 2014.

artJude Alsalim