Fatma is a self-taught Kuwaiti artist who describes her art as Contemporary Narrative. Fatma also teaches art and paints to provide a voice for the voiceless. Soul for the soulless to bring forth the reality of modern life.
Thank you for joining us for this interview.
Thank you. It’s my pleasure.
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am an artist from Kuwait and an art trainer at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training.
Tell us about your education.
I have a BA in art having graduated in 2005 in Kuwait.
What got you interested in arts?
Ever since I was born, I felt connected and fascinated by the vibrant colors of life and my interest in art and colors continues to grow with every moment.
Are you a self-taught artist or did you take an formal training?
Yes, I am self taught and I’ve been drawing since I was 7 years old. At that time my parents noticed my talent and encouraged me to continue on this path and that’s exactly what I did.
What is your form of art best described as?
My work can be described as a contemporary narrative .
What are your favourite materials to use?
Of course water color mediums.
What is the message that you like to convey through your art?
My art provides voice for the voiceless. Soul for the soulless to bring forth the reality of modern life.
Where do you take the inspiration for your work?
I take inspiration from my daily routine and my daily work at home.
What is your process of completing a piece from start to finish?
It starts and finishes with me. How I convey my feelings of the world that surrounds me and I pour all of those feelings into the sketch by using the appropriate colors.
How has your professional life been affected by the pandemic, the ongoing issues with coronavirus?
On the contrary, I don’t believe that the pandemic affected me negatively, while it certainly took my freedom but it also provided me with all the time in the world to practice and improve my craft.
What’s it like where you are?
Life was hard on all of us but we managed to adapt and overcome this trail.
What does an average day look like for you under lockdown?
My day consists of many different activities such as reading, drawing and exercising. Because I’ve been trying to fill the gaps in my day. Since life under lockdown can be devoid of any meaning and I think that we just need to fill it.
How are you dealing with this sudden change in lifestyle?
I faced reality and accepted the truth of the situation. It’s as simple as that.
What are the important lessons you have learned during this time?
I learned how life is insignificant and how we’re just hollow actors dancing and singing in vanity on the brightest stage of Life and that’s why we need to live our life’s freely. Because you never know when will you dance your last dance.
What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your life and/or career?
I am currently contemplating my life decisions and my action. I believe that by doing that not only will I be able to improve my life but I will also improve my career.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing?
I’ve realized the importance of the human life and how death is not merely a number on a paper.
Did you develop any new interest or hobby or learned a new skill during this time?
I learned how to write poetry and how to bake. It may seem as trivial things but for me they really did help me cope with the pandemic.
What income-producing work have you lost due to the pandemic?
Fortunately, I haven’t lost anything.
What’s your favourite music/songs for the moment?
All of Ed Sheeran’s songs.
Any advice on staying sane & relatively positive through this situation?
Try to educate and to take care of yourself both mentally and physically and do whatever you like to become calm and happy.
What 3 things could you not live without under lockdown?
My children, my pencil and my precious holy Quran.
What are you missing most about the outside world?
The freedom that comes with it is the thing that I miss the most.
What are you most looking forward to doing once the lockdown is over?
To see my family and friends.
How do you think life will be after Covid-19?
Life will be brighter, better and full of new experiences that teach us new lessons.