Islam Aly – Metamorphoses 5


© 2017
edition of 30
dimensions in inches: 2 x 2 x 1.5

Available on backorder

About this piece:

Metamorphoses 5 represents a square that morphs into a star. The patterns in the book are combined, duplicated, interlaced, and arranged in multiple combinations that are precise, beautiful, and symbolic.

In the Metamorphoses series, I am focusing on Islamic art and design. I want to reveal how patterns develop and morph in a book that makes the viewer experience their beauty, elegance, harmony, intricacy, and complexity.

Twenty sections, each section 2 folios. Laser cut and engraved wooden boards, Coptic binding with linen thread.


paper, thread, wood

About the artist:

Islam Aly is currently an assistant professor of Art Education in the Department of Art at the University of Northern Iowa. At Helwan University, Egypt he received a BA and an MA in Art Education; afterward, he graduated from the University of Iowa, with an MFA in Book Arts and a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Art Education. His books explore the possibilities of historical bindings in contemporary book art practice. He has combined book traditions with digital technologies. His work is created at the junction between culture, technology, and aesthetics.


Islam Aly – Metamorphoses 5