After her conversion to Islam, Russian painter Maria Komisa decided to revive Turkish-Islamic customs in Russia through her paintings.
Komisa is a painter and ceramic artist, who introduces Turkish culture and heritage through her works in an exhibition she opened under the name “The Character of the Traveler” at the Museum of Oriental Arts in the Russian capital, Moscow. Read also Swiss Muslim woman: Banning me from wearing the niqab is against the values of multiculturalism The Italian Francesca story with fasting, which she made a weapon to confront cancer and bullying because of her Islam Ukrainian Muslim is among the top 10 women leaders in the fight against Corona Two new Muslims tell their experiences with fasting for the first time
The story of her conversion to Islam
In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Komisa spoke of her strong admiration for Turkish culture and eastern traditions, and her introduction to Islam.
She said that she was interested from her childhood until now in the oriental and Islamic cultures, and that she always feels close to those two cultures.
She explained that she converted to Islam several years ago, and that the issue began when a copy of the Holy Qur’an was gifted in the city of “Behçe Saray” in the Crimea, where she declared her Islam.
Moving to Turkey
She added that after her conversion to Islam, she moved with her husband to live in Turkey, and lived for a long time in the city of Bursa, the ancient capital of the Ottoman Empire.
Komisa expressed her great admiration for the historical architecture in Bursa, especially the “Ulu Jame” mosque.
Turkey is unique in its diversity
The Russian artist pointed out that Turkey brings together many diverse cultures at the same time, which makes it a unique and interesting country.
On her impression of Istanbul, Comisa said, “Istanbul is a vibrant and soul-loving city, and cultural diversity can be observed in Istanbul’s neighborhoods, such as Fener District and Istiklal Street.”
Miniatures of Turkish cities
COMESA stated that it tried to reflect the Ottoman and Islamic culture in its works, and that it was greatly influenced by Islamic mysticism, because it gives a person the opportunity to wage jihad with himself and satisfies his moral needs.
She pointed out that the works of the Ottoman artist Matrakji Nasouh (Nasooh al-Salahi) were a source of inspiration for her, and that she seeks to continue the themes that he tackled in his works.
So the Russian artist visited the cities of Mardin, Tarsus, Şanlıurfa and Iznik, and made miniatures (decorated images in manuscript) for those cities that still preserve their ancient architecture.
COMESA added that she had seen the old maps of the Turkish cities that she wanted to draw, and that she needed the old plans of the cities to draw them during the Ottoman period.
“What is important to me is to show how beautiful these cities were in the past. The miniatures I draw are also maps, and they show mosques, bridges, lakes and everything that was in the city in the past,” she added.
“Shahmaran” with Turkish stones
COMESA said that she made a small stone painting of the Persian legend “Shahmaran”, and that she collected it from the coasts of Mersin (southern Turkey) and brought it to Russia.