Our first installment of our themed interview series, Creative Spaces, featured in our zine FLORA 4
Our Creative Spaces interview series highlights the work of makers and doers across all creative mediums, in an ever changing themed interview format. We want to provide an outlet for creators to share their stories, their process, and most importantly their art, in their own words.
Creators from around the world were asked to deconstruct their behaviors and motivations, and give meaning to processes they would not otherwise analyze. 12 creators were selected, representing 8 different countries.
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My creative goal is to create an accurate representation of minority and marginalized groups within society. In the traditional art world, we do not see much mainstream representation of even female artists until recently, let alone People of Colour and Muslim women.
My creative process is very intuitive. Often this causes me issues later on during the process as I don't plan ahead at all. I choose the pieces that I want to combine with one another 'roughly', and then literally see where it takes me, often realizing half way through that things don't fit together, can't be attached or don't 'stick' the way I thought.
It's the little things in life, or things that sting oneself. I think of many things late at night. In my opinion, everything has its own connection. I tend to use some multi-sensory things to show them.
I want to create depictions of humanity that do not look like an everyday person, but that can precisely and persuasively convince the viewer of its sensitivity. I need to push my skills to the point that my works have an independent life of their own.
I am interested in making intentional collages, where the dependence on serendipity is minimized. I like to spend time thinking about an image I want to create, then I search and collect the images I want and spend time working on the composition. I like to make work that has a surreal quality, and I think of my pieces as souvenirs from a world I have created.
LIN HUI CHUAN
The source of inspiration for my creation is expecting to inspire people's kind heart and intelligent communication, stabilize the soul and the earth, and make the world a better place.
Art is my life, it’s my everyday passion. I'm either painting, drawing, making a mural, or teaching art to teens, so I could totally say that without it, I couldn’t exist.
I create collages that highlight the aesthetic of African cultures. My creative process starts by me researching an African country or culture, and sometimes I research moments and events in African history. I then start digging through archives related to the culture, country or moment.
I am inspired to create by the natural world, human nature, society and the built environment. Lagos, an African Megacity where I reside, is a major source.
Curiosity is the guiding thread and artistic motivation that leads me toward new experiences in expressive language, and in the use of different materials and techniques. I analyze human existence from unusual observation points...
My pieces are a visual journal, and the reason I create is that they represent the emotions or events that had happened leading up to that point. They are there to remind me of the challenges I have faced, fears I have had, and discoveries I have made.
I create my reflection of gratitude and admiration for moments I have shared with people, dedicated to those people, in hopes that the beauty I recognize in others is a universal one that exists within all of us.
Read the full interviews in our zine FLORA 4, available 2/28