Haya Al Bassam creates minimal digital collages and illustrations, Haya Al-Bassam creates work that tells a story about our everyday life.
Let’s get straight into it!
Tell me about yourself?
I was born in 1989 in California then raised in Jeddah. I am currently living in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. I’m a Graphic Designer, illustrator, and Visual Artist.
What influenced you to start being creative?
I was a child with big imagination. I started drawing since I was a kid, and I fell in love with art since then. I used to doodle everyday and everywhere, creating characters and buying fabrics to make them into toys, experimenting with different ideas and art mediums. I always strived to learn and turn my imagination into reality.
What message do you want to give through your artwork?
Life surrounding us has a lot to give, and my mission is to reflect every movement through the colours and characters.
What themes do you often explore in your artwork and why?
I like mixing both photography, illustration and digital collage. I don’t really stick with one theme. One day I feel like using traditional media and another day I use digital tools, it all depends on the concept of the project.
What inspired the project From Farm To The City?
The idea of my project (From Farm To The City) is to capture a moment of farmers in our city. I used photography and digital collage to create these artworks. I got inspired by the flowers that I bought from them for my home, and I wanted to share my gratitude and appreciation.
The artwork simply talks about the transitioning life of foreigners in Saudi Arabia. Many people travel or migrate for work. These farmers have moved out of their countries for work to increase their income. After they lived in their new environment and knew what people need, they moved to civilized cities to continue their livelihood.
Each artwork captures the daily life of farmers and depicts flowering plants that adds color to the pictures. Their work is simple but can change a place completely. We can see their flowers blooming on the streets, inside and outside the malls, restaurants and our homes.
Why do you use such materials in your work?
To emphasize the colourful life that captures our eyes every day.
What is your favorite artwork that you have created in the past and why?
The family artwork “Related” that was exhibited in Loud Art 2015. The work was more personal and expresses the importance of each family member in our life.
What is your most important artist tool?
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative or what advice would you give to someone?
The best advice I received is:
The Sky’s The Limit. Nothing can stop our creativity and learning journey.
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