05 May 2012
Hello everyone it is Malak(: I just got through finals for school and alhamdullilah I survived! I have been meaning to make a post about this for a long time, and now since I actually have the time I am able too. What I am going to talk about today is something that is very important to me personally. Helped me go through some bumps in the road and still does. I never really embraced what I could do until my high school years. So what my secret talent is... I am an artist. Which I know sounds completely cliche and c'mon everyone is a artist if they want to be. But I certainly believe art is what Allah (SWT) wants me to do. And yes it is linked to my passion for fashion, but if it wasn't for my art classes where we did collages, water coloring, textile, printing, etc. I wouldn't be here doing what I love to do. So ya that's my little speech about why art is really important for me. I guess the down right bottom line is that art is very therapeutic and it's brought me many places.
So I am going to put pictures up of some pieces I have done, these are pieces that aren't necessarily that I favor but I learned the most from not just artistcly but maybe about my self.
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE ANY OF MY PHOTOS WITH OUT PERMISSION.
1. Dallah, This is a charcoal piece I did for my older sister (Dallah lol) I did this my Freshmen year with my friend Anessa. She taught me a lot of techniques for charcoal and how to use it (: So this isn't completely my own piece since she did it with me, but I did learn A LOT from her!
2. Save Japan, This I made last year whenever the hit of the earthquake, and tsunami hit Japan. I love this piece, because it introduced me to plate stamping with ink ( which I did for the flag). I also burned some maps on the edges and put them in the back. I love the waves the most, they are made out of tissue paper, fabric and just normal paper towels with paint splattered on them.
3. Becoming a dragon, I think that is what I named this one. Someone had once told me that ancient Asian history says that Koi Fish were once believed to be baby Dragons, and that they resemble the becoming hood of a strong being. That is why I choose this animal, and also because of how fluid they are. This piece resembles a very difficult time in my life. The Idea of it is to be looking through a porthole of a sunken ship and seeing a Koi in the midst of the water. It is the idea that even though you have this wall in front of you and you are being sunken by all your worries, you are the Koi, you are strong and able to over come. This piece is Fountain pen, with India ink, watercolor, and water color with Prisma touch ups. When I took this to competition I got a perfect score on it (:
4. Wild thing, This is the most recent piece I have done, and so far my most favorite. My student art teacher assigned us to make a Symbolic portrait. She showed us a slide show of symbolic self portraits and I got my inspiration from Frida Khalo. This is a Fountain pen, India ink, water color, Printmaking, and beading piece. A mix media of all my favorites! The piece of Frida Khalo as a buck (below) inspired me to actually make my self the animal that I am. I put a hijab on the lion to cover his mane. There is beading on the head band for the scarf, and some beading in the necklace (The necklace was printed on). Same goes to the wallpaper in the back ground. I water colored it and stamped the flowers. The eyes are mine and I got the idea from Marion Bolognesi. I left the chest a mystery so the viewer can decided whether or not its male of female. That is the idea of this piece, Male animal, but female features. I guess it is to show the independence I have. There is a lot more meaning to this piece, but I want you to figure it out. But just remember whatever you think it is, it's wrong. (:
Here is the Frida Khalo Symbolic photo of her. I find it amazing how she chose her self as a buck, a male animal. With Nine antlers, nine branches on the ground, and nine trees. Her Symbolism is remarkable. She is such a true artist. Frida Khalo is one of my all time favorites artists.
Here she is painting her cast after a surgery. Talk about fashionista!
Marion Bolognesi, is extraordinary with the paintbrush her talent is UNBELIEVABLE. Watercolor is my favorite medium because of its challenge, and she represents it so well. Her artist voice is recognized from the drizzling of the watercolor which I find very original. My favorite part of her art are the nose, it is really hard for me to draw noses, and the way she simply does with watercolor is beautiful.