Do you use Saudi human characters in your art?
No, it doesn’t have to be like I’m Saudi so I have to put this in my art. We have TV and internet nowadays, we aren’t closed off from the world. We have access. I don’t want to stick to one thing or another because of where I’m from.
You’ve hosted a few host collage workshops in Jeddah. What goes on in these?
They aren’t workshops, but more so collage experiences. I’ll choose a theme and we gather to do collages with good music, good food and make art. Because I’m an interior designer too, I believe in the importance of environment, so I’ll create a story for that workshop and buy elements to support it. The last experience was surrounded around sunflowers and I did it with the Social Kitchen. I changed the carpet in the space so there was a color scheme and everything.I’ve hosted one at the Saudi Art Council too. I don’t really post about them online because I don’t like to pressure myself with social media too much.
What’s your relationship with social media like?
I think it’s a difficult relationship. I’m still trying to understand it. I’m not there to be famous, I’m not there to show off, I’m just there to express and connect with people. I’ve met a lot of people through it and people have discovered me through it as well. It also makes me question: do we need galleries and exhibition nowadays in 2018? No, I don’t think so. Khalas, you can reach anyone online at this point in life.
What are the curiosities that consume you?
God, our environment, people. I love people, but at the same time I don’t like how they’ve made life so black and white. That if there’s questions, we need answers to them. I also think a lot about the art scene. There are stereotypes about artists, this mould of how we have to be and how we have to look and I want to change that. There are artists who have created their own environment and worlds, like Frida Kahlo. She never faked it. She was herself and had a lot of confidence. She’s inspired me a lot.