“Two truths approach each other. One comes from the inside, the other from outside, and where they meet we have a chance to catch sight of ourselves.”
This calligraphic work is inspired by a recent visit to Västerås – a lovely small town to the north-west of Stockholm in Sweden. During my visit, I was pleased to discover that the renowned Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer lived and worked as a psychologist in Västerås for 35 years. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 2011.
The image above is a small reproduction of the original calligraphy. The actual measurements of the work is 210 x 150 centimetres.
From: The Half-Finished Heaven: the best poems of Tomas Tranströmer
English translation by Robert Bly
Arabic translation by Mustafa Ja’far