“Harmony is a pervasive theme. A song can make one fall in love with a whole culture, or a region or generation. Building bridges between people through beauty is a trade I always wanted to master.”
“What I realize when I look back at my childhood experiences is the way all the different cultural expressions found a way to mingle together and get along in my awareness. This is true throughout history. Whenever people used beauty as a language to communicate, the outcome is always acceptance. This is so important today as the world is opening up so quickly. It is important to shift the conversation to the domain of the heart to be able to know each other on a more profound level. Our opinions and ideas can define who we are on some exterior level, but our deeper identity as individuals or groups of people is defined by what we love. And love’s official language is beauty. Everyone “understands” beautiful expressions and patterns, they resonate with all of us because it feels similar to our own heart.”
A signature within Adel’s work is the engraving. This stems from his fascination with the intersection of beauty and the meaning of inscribing symbols and patterns on stone or in metal. It is one of the first ways humans expressed themselves. Etching and engraving are very essential in all forms of jewelry, architecture and textiles in his homeland of Tunisia. It is a form of communicating subtle feelings and meanings under the radar of the brain, a common language. Most interesting to Adel are the simplest forms, dots and lines. Throughout his work you will see four dots, a symbol of balance, a visual reminder and representation of the harmony within and throughout nature and people. Groundedness in reality, while striving for our ideal version of ourselves; this is represented by the vertical dots. Reaching outward, to others and to nature, and to be open to receiving from the outside world, these are the horizontal dots.