Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Graphic Design

First Advisor

Pouya Ahmadi

Second Advisor

Ryan Waller

Third Advisor

Brian Johnson, James Goggin


OtherWorldly Gestures seeks to give form to the intangible. I work primarily with light as material substance to shape a speculative emotive space in which I make metaphysical phenomena experiential. I collaborate with ecological and technological elements to express a spiritual understanding of Self and World. Most recently, the work translates material objects and architectural elements from my cultural heritage, and gives visual and haptic form to the sacred relationship between body, soul, and natural world.

Through these explorations, I begin to propose a speculative OtherWorld. I delve into the precolonial, ancestral teachings of a mystical spiritual path, referencing Sufi teachings, Islamic perspectives, diasporic Bengali heritage, and Texas landscapes as source material from which to weave a new set of future mythologies through physical and digital mediation.


View exhibition online: Sadia Quddus, OtherWorldly Gestures



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