Faisal Mohammad is a Kuwaiti artist. His personal work is an experimentation of modern expressionism and the personal interpretation of the Pop Art Movement from the 1950’s, one of his favorite art periods.
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Tell us about yourself?
I am a 2016 MFA Graduate from VCUQ | Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar in Design Studies, with a BA in Graphic Design from AUK | American University of Kuwait.
What influenced you to start being creative / making art?
Ever since I was a kid I enjoyed art classes. But it wasn’t until taking my first design class in my undergrad that changed my life. At the beginning, I didn’t know what to major in and later picked a major that looked interested. However, when I took that design class I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Working digitally and making art is something I never knew I would do as a career. Ever since I haven’t stopped designing while my skills and knowledge have continued to improve.
What message do you want to give through your artwork?
Most of the work I create is professional and clean. I incorporate the “less is more” concept into my work and that makes my work attractive, fresh and elegant.
What themes do you often explore in your artwork and why?
It depends on what project I’m working on. But mostly for all my projects, I explore what people have done and current artwork to keep me up to date. My ideas are triggered by my research, precedent studies, and experimenting.
What inspired the project Transitional Coastline?
For years now there’s been a concern that our planet’s sea level will continue to rise for centuries. It is believed that by the year 2050 sea levels could rise between 2.5 – 6.5 feet (0.8 – 2 meters), and by the 2100 major coast cities would be underwater.
The main factor that contributes to this issue is global warming. Global warming creates a greenhouse effect where water vapor along with carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide gases absorb heat and warms the surface. This is trapped in the atmosphere creating a blanket around earth. The consequences lead to warming of the oceans that expand and cause sea level to rise and melting of the glaciers. Some causes for global warming include, burning power plants (fossil fuel) and burning of gasoline for transportation.
My sculpture piece represents a transition of the coastline of Kuwait due to the rise in sea level. It’s a transition of what the coast could potentially look like hundreds of years from now. Currently, Kuwait has a population of more than 4 million people, fifth largest oil resources in the world and cars being the main transport system. With this in mind, I wonder if the country is including this matter in their 2035 vision for a sustainable living environment.
At the beginning, I was focused on the word transition and how it could be represented. Since my current focus is on mapping and environmental design, I decided to incorporate transition within these areas. After researching different potential ideas, I came across an environmental global concern. It’s an issue that everyone has heard about, which is the rise in sea level. This sculpture acts as a visual representation as to what Kuwait’s coastline could hypothetically look like hundreds of years from now.
Why do you use such materials in your work?
The transparent nature of acrylic helps me layer my findings regarding the sea level changes.
What is your favorite artwork that you have created in the past and why?
Everything that’s on my Behance site is my favorite work. This body of work demonstrates the variety of work I enjoy ranging from 2D to 3D. My MFA projects are the most unique using materials that were new to me, were outside my comfort zone and very conceptual.
What is your most important artist tool?
Other than technologies that really help me, I would say research; my mind, experimenting and my eyes are the most important tools.
No matter what the project is it starts with research. It can be any kind of research, online, surveys, books, interviews, photographing etc.
From then my creative mind starts working, collecting data from my research and developing ideas in the mind.
I start to experiment these ideas on paper or on the computer and refining them.
A tool that helps me perfect and judge my work. It allows me to decide about every detail of the final design.
What are your thoughts on being an artist in today’s world?
It’s an exciting and vibrant time to be a designer/artist in Kuwait. Since I am currently living and working in Kuwait, this is what affects me, my local surroundings. Design is becoming more sought after in new galleries, new studios, new businesses and even within some government sectors.
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative or what advice would you give to someone?
From the lessons that I’ve learned in my life, the best advice I would give is never fear failure. You’re not going to get the perfect idea from the beginning, creativity goes through stages, experimenting, and trial and error until a breakthrough happens. I also think you can apply to this life if you never try then you’ll always wonder, What if?
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