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Shahd Al Muamen

Guidance, Patience, Peace

Painting & Printmaking

My research began with traffic signs, exploring my interest in how local signs differ in each part of the world. For example, I recognized a continuous use of local dress to depict civilians on the signage. I also noticed a great deal of signs unrelated to traffic posted within the road space. These signs consist of Quran phrases and sayings, and other reminders of how one should behave. Traffic signs are posted to create order and protect road users. Similarly, Quran phrases are posted to instruct people on how to live a thoughtful life…a peaceful reminder that a higher power is watching and protecting.Whether a believer or not, these sayings possess significant meaning. It is used in our daily language for guidance, patience, and peace.