It is an honor to be included in Al-Tiba9 Art Magazine 07. The interview questions asked and the selection of work are both fun and daunting. My concept for the project matured since the interview. I see the work and how I approach it much differently today than I did almost a year ago. At its core, my investigations and visual results are on track with my original concepts.
The significant aspect (of an interview) is taking stock in thoughts and ideas, nailing them down, and communicating clearly. I write much more than ever before. Speaking concisely to myself and others is complicated. The Al-Tiba9 Art MAGAZINE 07 interview process allowed me to distill down my thoughts and hone a statement. The artist statement or dialogue about the process is a guide or introduction to the artwork.
As an artist using photography and as a photographer working in an experimental area of this medium, harsh criticism about my work is made by traditional photographers. Acceptance of my work comes from international critics and audiences and mostly non photographic people. I look at the work submitted to many open calls in the US with no invitations, but with the same work, I am a finalist for the MoCA, the Arsenale of Venice, Italy Arté Laguna Prize.
For the most part, the open calls at photography galleries never yield a positive result. The open calls for group shows with artists working in mixed art mediums, painting, sculpture, photography, and ceramics give better results for my work. Except for the DMOP show in Denver, which is a massive win for me. Thank you, Samantha Johnston, CPAC curator, for believing in my work.
Al-Tiba9 Contemporary Art Magazine reflects modern society and its environment through the works of experimental contemporary artists, showcased for their innovation and vision in photography, sculpture, performance, painting, installation, design and architecture, and fashion. The Magazine features selected artists from around the world who embody in their work a spirit of inspired forward-thinking and vision, provoking conversation and action.
The ISSUES are also recommended for the Doctoral degree in Design at Japan’s Tama Art University.