the relation between the parts and the whole is one of the important aesthetics aspects in the traditional and the classical arts. the geometrical islamic composition respects the mathematical relations -module- in the building of the unit and its composition, creating the pattern.
in this project, the first phase was designing a geometric repetitive unit in a square outline. the square outline was subdivided into a grid of squares, the unit is symmetrical on one axe and repeatable -creates variable shapes when it multiplies- .
on composition1 level, square acts as a building unit, the part which creates the whole when it multiplies in a visual order.
on composition2 level, which is the final lay out, composition1 itself as a whole becomes a building unit for a new larger composition.
the final design conclusion is that whole = a quantity of part1 + a quantity of part2. where part2 is a composition of repetitive part 1.
hence, project title: parts, parts and whole.
the final design was executed in veneer mosaics, cut by chisels, and glued on plywood board. the veneer pieces placed in a careful order, to create different directional and symmetrical textures.
the project was one of the graduation projects of abdallah ragab from the prince’s school of traditional arts; PSTA.