We took the chance for a chat with youth art phenomenon Asia Muse
Time Out Bahrain staff
How long have you been producing art? I’ve been producing art professionally for a year now.
You’ve got a big youth following here in Bahrain, how do young people relate to your work? I can see how my work can relate to someone in my age group more than it would an older generation. Most of the references are taken from experiences that the youth would/could experience in Bahrain. Also, breaking a social norm is easier to do with a younger more accepting crowd. Fortunately for me, the older crowd has been as accepting as the young ones.
Where does your inspiration come from? My inspiration comes from things that interest me. I find what I do interesting, and I hope others do too.
What mediums do you use? I use all types of mediums, but for this most recent series I mainly used wall paint, acrylic, charcoal, felt pen and other very hard to come by mediums.
Your website says ‘my main object of obsession is giraffa camelopardalis. I also explore the world of sub-human/animal species and am co-founder of The Dirty Tease T-shirt Co’. Where did the obsession with giraffes come from and how does this manifest itself in your work? Almost everyone that sees my art asks me that question. Unfortunately, I don’t have a profound insightful answer. I don’t believe that we can choose what we love – or obsess about. Giraffes calm me, everything about them – their slow and graceful movements, their facial expressions, their spots, the list goes on… the creatures are very fascinating, in an evolutionary and anatomical sense. My fascination with them just grows and all future pieces relate to them.
When you mention sub-human species do you mean from your own imagination or from the world of mythology or both? The creatures are from my own imagination. Although anthropomorphised animals have been prevalent in mythology for centuries.
You currently have an exhibition running in Bahrain, have you had other exhibitions? I have been a part of group exhibitions before, but this is my first solo exhibit.
There’s also a possibility of Art Dubai, what will it mean for your work in terms of exposure? Art Dubai is a great opportunity. So in terms of exposure, I couldn’t think of a better event to participate in.
You’re off to college now but will you still be active in Bahrain and, if so, how? I am happy when I am producing art, so I’m excited about the idea of producing it anywhere around the world – and especially in my own country. God knows we need more creative thinkers and doers. The Dirty Tease will also still be in production since my master printer May Yateem will still be in Bahrain. I’m really excited to see what we can produce together in two different continents.
What will you be studying? I will be doing my MFA in fine arts. I am also taking a few other courses that relate to my other areas of interest.
What do you see as the future for your art? I don’t like thinking too far ahead. I’ll take it one step at a time and see what unfolds in the near future. Like everyone – I would love to see my babies grow and gain popularity. But if they don’t, then they remain solely mine.
Please tell us a bit about Dirty Tease and where the line is available? We are in the process of finalising things now for online sales – but you can check out the designs on our Tumblr page dirtyteasegigi.tumblr.com and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with requests. The products will also be sold in Meemo space in Al Aali Mall and Seef Mall.
Art scene radar
The First Show First solo exhibition from Finnish Bahrain resident Aila Asu cleverly named The First Show. Jan 5-31 (meet the artist on Jan 5), World Beat Fitness Centre. Call (17 612 576).
If Walls Could Talk Ten artists interpret the title in various mediums. Until Jan 10, Bahrain Financial Harbour. Call (17 102 600).
39th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition The big one is back with artists local and international coming to what is usually a stunning show and one of the island’s biggest arts events. Judging Jan 16 with show running to at least the end of the month. Bahrain National Museum.
Darwhish mural on the move The large scale sound art installation of Mahmoud Darwhish’s The Mural has moved from the Sh Ebrahim Centre to Bahrain Financial Harbour.