What does your art bring to you?
When I create art it’s almost like I go into a meditative state. This state is often attained when I do intricate details in the artwork. It’s the part that I enjoy the most as it helps me to cut off completely with racing thoughts. When I create, my whole body is engaged into the “now”. I am completely immersed in the present moment/thought/inspiration. Being present allows me to re-centre my thoughts which is crucial in my personal development as an artist and a human being.
The process and act of creating can be compared to putting a title to part of the movie of my life. The artwork is often the most pertinent frame of that movie; often about strong personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. My artworks are like mirrors reflecting fragments of important parts of personal experiences. Therefore, my art stands as a companion, a faithful friend, guiding me by journaling important aspects of my life. This helps me to understand and keep track of what is going on in my life and where I need to go. I think that art is my only most reliable guide as I am always speaking the rawest truth to my canvas.
Freedom is sacred to me. I enjoy having unlimited choices and possibilities, so art creates a balance between the limited world and my unlimited thoughts. A blank canvas satisfies my endless fantasies about what is not available in this physical world. It’s almost like taking drugs and experiencing something that I thought was intangible.
I would say that art brings me solace, balance, sanity and excitement, thereby helping me to constantly reinvent myself. Art is always guiding me towards other versions of me ready to adapt and manage to the ever-evolving and unpredictable world.
What artwork would you like to see in real life?
I am a big fan of two contemporary artists that I follow on Instagram. Hannahyata is one of them, she beautifully parallels the unconscious and the natural environment with the female body. The figures, with primitive symbols and otherworldly energy, is absolutely stunning. Her artworks are huge and captivating. She is definitely a source of inspiration for me and I would love to see her work in real life. I would love to see one of her artworks entitled “No Man’s Land”.
What are your inspirations?
I am very inspired when I am touched by an experience, it could be a person, a place, other artists, a song.. anything that throws me out of my “comfortable thoughts” is likely to inspire me to draw, write or paint. I also realized that inspiration is something that has to be nourished and nurtured. I keep in touch with the art world every day. I try to do something creative every day, even if it is as insignificant as drawing an apple with two eyes.. creating something new every day keeps the creative flow alive. I exercise my creativity through pareidolia. I train my mind to see things that aren’t there. When I am connected to the sky and the ocean, I always encounter Pareidolia. The sky, the sea and the forest always trigger my creativity.
What are your dreams?
On a personal and spiritual level, one of my dreams would be to be able to attain Nirvana. On a global aspect, it would really be a dream to actually raise global awareness on Mental Health. The source of so many issues in the world is that people are unaware of how to use their minds to their advantage. I believe that the basis of progress is knowing how to master the mind and the body. Desensitizing people on seeing mental issues as madness would be a great way for a more efficient population. I am actually working on my dream to help people experience art and its power to soothe and heal.
What is your favourite quote?
“Your perception of me is a reflection of you.”