A good friend of mine who is also a talented artist, Nadia Janjua, just did an interview on CCTV. I really enjoyed watching it and I just wanted to share it with you all.
I hope to include at some point in time more interviews from artists about their work, including musical artists…and maybe if I am so lucky/blessed, to even be able to conduct an interview all by myself. :)
In general, though, it’s really nice to hear from artists directly on what inspires them to create the work they do and/or how they started out following their creative endeavors.
One of the most interesting parts of the interview for me was when Nadia started talking about art and how it can hold sentimental value. Art, and anything really (e.g. every day objects), can hold such value —- however, we, as humans, give that value to such objects.
I never thought about it like that before, but I wholeheartedly agree with this - this explains why some things in life we just throw and/or give away, regardless of how much they cost monetarily; However, every once in a while, there are some things, for some reason or another, you keep and cherish - and it may not even have cost you a penny! This really goes to show that not only is beauty in the eye of the beholder, but value is in the mind of the valuer (to quote my favorite Economics professor, Dr. Rustici. Yes, I am a GMU Alumnus :) ).
Going back to the interview, though, the most fascinating part for me was when Nadia mentioned she scrapes dry paint and reuses it in her work. Not only is this environmentally friendly, but what really touched me was when she discussed the meaning behind it and what it means to her to use something like that.
Overall, the interview was beautifully done and that particular part really meant something special to me. It made me think about how I view art. More often than not, I’ll say I like it, do not like it, and/or use my favorite word (not really), it’s ‘interesting,’ because it’s not good or bad - it’s just is what it is. When I look at the work Nadia does and/or other artists who dabble in the painting/coloring/drawing/sculpting, etc… fine arts medium (and this may be inclusive even to all arts), I’m baffled by how I honestly more often than not cannot come with any interpretation besides the obvious. Yes, I see the colors and I can see how they were put on the canvas, but besides an artist wanting to choose certain colors, I have no idea otherwise, what the painting/piece of art may mean and/or signify. I guess the same thing can be said for music, sculpture, and writing…why/how are certain words put together? Is there a memory attached with all art that an artist creates or is it all imagination?
I believe art can take you everywhere and imagination can surely take you everywhere…but how does someone see beyond what’s in front of them (imagination or not)?
This may be an overall metaphor for life…but while you mull on that, I don’t want to ‘give away the ending,’ so to speak, so feel free to check the interview out above. :)
For anyone interested, her website is www.nadiajart.com.
Congratulations, Nadia on this great interview and letting us into your world of creativity, imagination, love, and passion!