SOPHIA KAMAL, 26
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.
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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