What inspires you?
I search for different artists all the time. Some I adore their work and some not that much. I always think about the concept first and then think about the best way to illustrate it. I still watch and enjoy cartoons/animations and topics related to children. Usually, when people grow old, they forget about their childhood interests, but that hasn’t been the case for me. The more cartoons and animations I watch, the more inspired I become.
In the past, I used to only draw and paint. The only thing I cared about was getting the proportions right and making my drawings or paintings as realistic as possible. Being in VCU, I learnt the beauty of concepts through my practice, and my work became more conceptual. Most of my work now relies on the use of concepts. During my studies, I also discovered my fields of interest, which are sculptures and installations. All of my artistic skills vary depending on the concepts that trigger my inspiration.
You were the winner of the Damien Hirst Challenge Competition. What was the winning piece of art you created?
I created an elongated box; it’s made of wood and acrylic sheets that contain dirt, snails, a piece of printing paper and a leaf on top of it. The viewer can see the life cycle of the snails while they eat, mate and reproduce. The snails also create prints with their slime trails without realizing it. The final outcome of the piece is having slime prints of the snails’ trails that actually print their life cycle on the paper inside the box.
See the Snail Print Factory here.
What was it like visiting Hirst's studio?
First, I’ll answer the question that I always receive from people who know I visited him; was Damien nice to you? Yes! He is very nice and down to earth. He showed me his place, talked about his work and how he makes the different pieces. He also showed me some behind-the-scenes artwork that he will exhibit sometime in future.
What does creativity mean to you?
Unusual imagination. We all have brains to think, solve problems and imagine, etc. Many of them have similar imaginations. I call those who have unusual imagination with new ideas, creative.
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