Islam Aly

Astral Projections
2022. Edition of 30 variants + 5 proofs.

Book size: 3.5 x 7 x 0.5 (42" extended). Cave Paper, cyanotype, and laser cut sewed interior pages cyanotype covers. Accordion binding. Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist.

’Astral Projections’ explores talismanic shirts, constellations, and the mystical beliefs surrounding them. The book features intricate illustrations of seven talismanic shirts, each uniquely crafted using cyanotype prints that showcase a distinctive vocabulary of religious texts, sacred invocations, symbols, magic squares, and seal markings. The use of cyanotype prints adds an ethereal quality to the illustrations, evoking the spiritual significance of these garments.

The book covers are also cyanotype prints, showcasing a blend of blue hues, constellations, stars, and talismanic shirts. The accordion binding allows the book to open up fully, revealing a panoramic view of the shirts."