By MILA FIGUET
"Many female artists inspired me. Virginia Woolf gave me an urge to get a voice of my own, Sylvia Path inspired most of my sadness, and Patti Smith made me hopeful for love"
How did you first get into art?
When I was 5, I instructed a full art day in my room with my younger sister where we both stayed during Ramadhan. We painted and drew as many as we can till it was time to eat.
What is the purpose of your work?
First of all, I make the art I make as a way to cope with the negative things in my life. I write poetry about sad or disappointing things that happen to us, girls in our 20s. I like reading them aloud to my friends and as I read them over and over the words kind of lose their meaning to me and hence I don't feel so bad about it anymore.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
Dating the wrong people and getting heartbroken [laughs] No, really, I have a bad habit of making people into projects. I am working on a second collection of poetry now that I am in a different part of my life -less heartbroken-
Who is the first artist you truly fell in love with?
Many female artists inspired me. Virginia Woolf gave me an urge to get a voice of my own, Sylvia Path inspired most of my sadness, and Patti Smith made me hopeful for love.
How has the female role played into your life and your art?
I guess I speak about my experiences as a female and I get a lot of girls who relate to my work. I hope to inspire them not to make the same mistakes as I did. I think the Internet and social media was a factor as well. I find more empowering women who are killing it and supporting other women, and that makes me feel united and it inspires me to make art about my experiences that another girl could relate to.
If you could pick a surrogate mother/grandmother/godmother as a mentor, who would it be?
Tracy Emin because she is in unafraid to show her vulnerabilities, and one of her greatest work was after a messy breakup. Her work proves that women are beautiful and fragile and there is nothing wrong with hiding those parts.
Why did you choose to move to Berlin?
My relationship ended and I had to move from the city I was in as it was incredibly toxic for me. I wanted a fresh start where I could make art, explore and meet interesting people.
This project was the last collaboration I did with my ex, and It features some poetry about a girl trying to fit into a city and feeling lost and unable to sleep most nights. They are embroidered on satin panties and cloth.