SOPHIA KAMAL, 26

Painter (@sophi­aka­mal)

CLEO (Malaysia) - - ART JAM -

Who do you paint for ?

I paint for my­self. Ever since I was five, I’ ve al­ways en­joyed t he com­fort of be­ing able to paint and it’ s some­thing I’ ve been do­ing ever since. It’ s some­thing as nor­mal as breath­ing or eat­ing f or me.

What moves you most in life?

I’ m moved by a lot of things but I feel mostly moved by na­ture. The greens in­spire me to be a softer ver­sion of my­self and I’m the most re­laxed when all my five senses are in con­tact with the earth’ s nat­u­ral state.

How would you de­scribe your ar ti sti c phi­los­o­phy?

It’ s sim­ple: I en­joy cre­at­ing be­cause it makes me f eel safe and happy. I don’t de­mand to be re­warded for it be­cause I don’t ever want to feel pres­sured or in­tim­i­dated by my cre­ativ­ity.

What goes into cre­at­ing an art­work?

It starts with find­ing a good sub­ject mat­ter, typ­i­cally a fe­male fig­ure. Then I’ ll be­gin pho­tograph­ing t he set- up, ex­per­i­ment­ing with light­ing, com­po­si­tion sand props such as flow­ers, glit­ters or pat­terns. Once I’ m sat­is­fied

with my pho­to­graphs, I trans­fer them onto a can­vas or ply wood to be­gin ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with dif­fer­ent paint sand colours.

Why fe­males?

They’ re fas­ci­nat­ing and their com­plex­ity is a source of end­less won­der­ment f or me. And through paint­ing them, I con­tinue to learn about the fe­male iden­tity.

You use a lot of bright colour sin your paint­ings. Can you tell us why?

I be­lieve in the abil­ity of strong colours and im­agery to con­ceive an al­ter­na­tive per­spec­tive on fem­i­nin­ity and con­tem­po­rary think­ing.

Who’d be on the playlist while you paint?

The mu­sic I lis­ten to de­pends on my mood but in die mu­sic is still my go-to. I’ d ei­ther goto Sound Cloud to find some­thing that res­onates my mood or lis­ten to home-grown, lo­cal artists, who are some of my f avourites too.

”Art is an imag­i­nary friend that will re­ward you with a gift of hap­pi­ness if it sees you cre­at­ing every day.”

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