Jöelle Kurdy My fab­u­lous Fri­day

The Abu Dhabi-based make-up artist switches from cos­met­ics to paints as she show­cases her work at Art Week. But when she doesn’t have a can­vas in front of her, she’s be­ing cre­ative in the kitchen

Friday - - Up Close And Personal - Joelle’s ex­hi­bi­tion Wheel of Life is at D3 in Dubai un­til tomorrow. er­ickoh.com

MAKE-UP VS PAINT­ING

I’ve not given up make-up for paint­ing. I have em­braced both forms of art and they’re quite sim­i­lar – both are cre­ative pro­cesses where I work on blend­ing and cre­at­ing colours, shad­ows and new per­spec­tives. The only dif­fer­ence is that with make-up, I’m in­ter­act­ing with an­other per­son to cre­ate art, while with paint­ing, it’s an in­ter­ac­tion with my­self.

TAKE ME TO THAI­LAND

The last thing I splurged on was a re­treat at Thai­land’s Chiva-Som Re­sort, in Jan­uary this year. I went there to feed my soul, my body and my mind and to pam­per my­self, so I could chan­nel this en­ergy into my cre­ativ­ity.

MY PRE­CIOUS…

I value time and cher­ish love. Time is pre­cious and I can’t waste it on stu­pid­ity or lazi­ness. Love is the bless­ing that keeps me go­ing. Then there’s my grand­daugh­ter, Mi­lasky; we share an un­con­di­tional bond.

SPIRIT OF THE UNION

I’m orig­i­nally from Beirut but have lived in Abu Dhabi for 40 years now. The progress and change the UAE has un­der­gone is un­par­al­leled. While in the old days, the UAE was raw and pure, it has now evolved into a con­tem­po­rary, dy­namic na­tion that is a force to reckon with.

LIFE LESSONS FROM ME TO MY­SELF

The ad­vice that I would give my younger self is: ‘Love your­self, be true to your­self, pam­per your­self and learn from your ex­pe­ri­ences. So when the time comes to de­cide, you will make the right de­ci­sions.’

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