Latest posts by Maheen Ahmad (see all)
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- How are you?
Hi! I’m good, really good.
- How did you get involved in the arts? How old were you?
Well, I always felt attracted to art, in most of it forms. I’m 23 and I’ve always really appreciate art, music, albums, movies, paintings, images, specially the ones that wake up emotions in me. And last year I thought I could start making something that makes people trip, or wonder, or identify, or anything that moves in them. So I started to share my pictures. And it’s awesome how you can share anything by social media to everybody.
- We see a lot of star imagery in your work, why is that? Why are stars and space so popular?
Cause space is something really mysterious for us. We don’t know how big it is, we don’t know if it is infinite or what, we don’t know if there is life out there. We know very little about the universe. And I think that when people look into space they feel amazed and kind of scare, and leaves them wondering. And I found it really beautiful. That’s why I used those pictures, and also that’s why I think they are so popular. And they make everything look “infinite” creating a really cool effect on pictures.
- Vintage and retro aesthetics and images are everywhere, and most artists include them in their colleges, why is there a lack of modernity? Or is more an obsession with nostalgia?
Retro and vintage are trendy. I really don’t know why. Maybe people are a bit afraid of the modern world. I found them quite cool, and they produce a really interesting effect when mixing vintage and “futuristic space” pictures.
- Where do you find your inspiration?
Mmm, everywhere. I’m constantly looking for new things, new images, new ideas. And I can found them literally everywhere. For example, I see a person crossing a street, and I picture it like in a kind of collage. And if I like the idea I try to re-create it. And so on. With anything that I see, anything I read, I create something. At least inside my head.
- Which artists do you look up to?
Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte mostly. I like their style and surrealism.
- What music do you listen to?
I listen to a lot of music. Mostly rock or progressive rock. And I listen to a lot of Argentinean artists like Spinetta, Cerati o Charly Garcia. I don’t think they are well known in notHispanicc countries.
- Do you plan on incorporating Argentinean culture in your work, in the future?
I really never thought about it. Maybe just a little. I made some videos about my city. Not showing the culture, but it’s something. And mi artistic name. It’s an album from one of the greatest Argentinean musicians, Luis Alberto Spinetta. But you actually gave me a great idea. I can use Argentinean culture in my works. I’m picturing some images right now, with tango or mate. I’m gonna use them, thanks.
- Do you consider yourself talented or a hard worker?
I don’t know. Maybe I have an idea I really like but its not easy to picture it as I imagned. So I spend time working on them till I get a good result. Or maybe I don’t. But all of my pictures have several versions, some 2, some 7/8, some 12 versions.
- Are there any contemporary artists, whose work that you like?
As such no one.
- Do you agree that all art is political?
No I don’t agree. You can use art “politicaly”, but I think its not the same. I don’t like it so much when it happens. Art is above politics. We are ruined if it’s the other way. You can make a point, send a message, say something or stand up for a political situation. But art goes much further than that.
- How do you want your career to grow? What do you want for yourself in the future?
Would be awesome to keep on doing things like this. Im actually studying Multimedial design. And I like to make videos, “moving pictures” (like GIFs), produce 3d content, and some animations. So, slowly, I’m starting to produce different contents. And I really like it. And I would love to keep on wakening things in people
- What advice would you give to a younger you?
To trust more in yourself. Take more risks.