Lockdown Diaries: LINDA ELMILIGY

Lockdown Diaries: LINDA ELMILIGY
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Linda Elmiligy is an Egyptian artist based in Dubai who graduated from Pharmacy school and worked as a Pharmacist for several years and finally took her love and passion for art as her career.

Linda is a self-taught artist using different materials and techniques to create her artworks.

She regularly conducts arts workshops and participates in different art exhibitions all over the world.

Please introduce yourself to our audience.
I am Linda Elmiligy and Egyptian artist based in Dubai.
I graduated from pharmacy school and worked as a pharmacist but my passion is the winner. I’m a full time artist since 2016. Since then I have participated in several exhibitions in Middle-East and Europe .

What made you decide to follow your passion after working as over seven years in pharmacy?
For many years I have been working in the field of pharmacy and art at the same time. But, I felt that I need more time for art and finally my passion won.

Today what do you think ,was it a good decision?
It is one of the best decision I took.

What is your form of art best described as?
It is impressionism abstract.

What are your favourite material to use?
I don’t have a fixed one but it depends on the style.
For portrait , I prefer oil colors and for abstracts, I prefer acrylic colors and resin for decorative stuff.

How has your professional life been affected by the pandemic the ongoing issues with corona virus?
Since Covid -19 outbreak started, I have put all my art workshops on hold. I had to find alternative and more creative way to stay positive.

What does the average day look like for you under lockdown?
Actually my day is split into two parts; online learning with my kids and the other part is my work (painting and learning something new).

How are you dealing with this sudden change in life style?
In the beginning , it was so difficult to realize that everything is on hold but by time I recognized it is the best time to spend more time with my family in a different way.

What are the important lessons you have learned during this time?
I learned that life is full of ups and downs but we have to see the positive side in every situation.

What are you doing now that’s ultimately constructive to your life or career?
During the lockdown I created my YouTube channel, joined Tomooh Initiative which aims to help entrepreneurs to reach their aim and participated in online art exhibition with 50 artist from different countries.
Now I have more time to try new styles and techniques.

What is the most surprising thing you’ve realized during this period of social distancing?
I’m grateful to a normal life.

Did you develop any new interest or hobby or learned a new skill during this time?
I’m trying new resin’s techniques.

What income- producing work have you lost due to the pandemic ?
Mainly art workshop.

What’s your favourite music /song for the moment?
I am listening to Arabic music.

Any advice on staying sane (relatively positive through this situation?
Look at the positive side and try to learn something new and increase your social relation with your family. This will turn this difficult time to a nice memories.

What 3 things could you not live without under lockdown?
Internet, my paints, and brushes.

What are you missing most about the outside world?
I miss my social life and my exhibitions.

What are you most looking forward to doing once the lockdown is over?
Big gathering with my friends.

How do you think life will be after Covid?
I don’t think life after Covid-19 will be the same like before in terms of gatherings and work place.

Finally your message for us at CP magazine.
I would like to thank you for this amazing interview. Keep spreading positivity and encourage people to stay strong during this tough time.


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