The work of UMD art student Abdul Sallah is vulnerable and heartwarming


Abdul Sallah tells his spiritual story through any means he can find. Whether through organic shapes at the end of a pencil, harmonies of written words or therapeutic podcasts, Sallah extends to intimate boundaries that have yet to be discovered.

A graduate of a University of Maryland art studio, Sallah’s words were imbued with true authenticity, creating a comfortable environment.

“I’m not very good at expressing myself verbally,” Sallah said. But with a pen in hand, you can figure out exactly what he’s going through.

(Work of Abdul Sallah)

You can see on her social media that every emotion is painted through details of images embedded in her mind. But even beyond the pages, Sallah challenged herself to verbally express what others wanted to hear. At Perspective Podcast, Sallah and her friend Miguel Peji share ideas that no one really talks about at first.

The podcast came about after Peji called Sallah to tune in. Sallah stresses the importance of needing support with things like understanding your emotions. His art brings to light remarkable chapters in his life, as well as smaller memories. All of this defines him as an artist and as a human.

(Work of Abdul Sallah)

By browsing her art portfolio on her Instagram (@abdul_j_sallah), there are elements of raw material in the details, in the movements of the pen and even broader ideas like the themes. Sallah moves his feather organically, like an extension of himself. Nothing is precise, but everything is real. Emotions are not related to the hard ink lines.

His pieces feature an abundance of words that say almost less than the art as a whole. But these words say a lot about Sallah’s inner dialogue. His portfolio is an open journal, and there are no edits to contain or refine these ideas.

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What is the use of expressing your ideas if they are not refined? Understanding emotions as they present themselves to us in private is what the human being is. Sallah helps us understand this.

Two of Sallah’s close friends, Jairus Carino, a student in the computer science certificate program at Montgomery College, and Kevin Shirvani, an economics student at that university, have watched him grow and change over time. Her artistic development, as described by her friends, ultimately seemed inspiring.

“I’ve known Abdul since I was about 12,” Carino explained. “I remember him drawing a lot in high school, especially in our math class. That’s what he always would. It was just a form of distraction, but expression.

Carino explained that art is a shared interest and their friendship is stronger because of their unique ability to be authentic. Shirvani said that Sallah’s ability to portray his art compels audiences.

“I admire that he tells his story. All types of art… poetry, drawings, sketches, I mean, nine meters, I really admire that, ”he said.

(Work of Abdul Sallah)

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Sallah really does everything and her work is quite extensive. It is rare to see an artist able to effectively share their message through multiple mediums, be it paint, pen, words or voice. Sallah’s art portrays emotion in a heartwarming way – a way that is universal to its viewers. It’s human effortlessly.

“You know at the end of the day we are all humans, we all go through good things, bad things and ups and downs and I admire the fact that his art is very unique in the sense that it is relatable. “Shirvani said.

Sallah’s message will give you a feeling of comfort and peace. Let his art guide you through a sea of ​​emotions as you explore the most eventful part of your life.



Kayleen C. Rice