Meet The Artists: Natasha V Simonian
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In this series of blog interviews, we have asked our Artists questions on their journey. Take a look, and get to know our Artists. Here's an interview with Natasha V Simonian.
Q: How did you start making art?/Why do you make art?
A: One of my hobbies as a kid was drawing. I would come home from school and spend hours drawing the view from our old house’s balcony in Beirut: the tall and old buildings, the clouds, the house plants, etc. In retrospect, without knowing it, I was preparing myself for my future involvement in art as a student. Indeed, as a teenager, it was immediate to me that I must pursue arts at a higher level while sharpening my basic skills. As Pablo Picasso would say it, “every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”.
I love creating art, it makes me happy inside. It also takes my mind away from day to day worries and issues, allowing me to escape reality. Creating art also helps me feel closer to my Armenian/Lebanese culture: it allows me to embrace my cultural roots and strengthen my sense of belonging.
Q: What inspires you? What inspired this piece/idea?
A: My inspiration mainly comes from my Lebanese/Armenian background. Living abroad has made me realize that the little details of our societies do matter, and a lot. I try to channel these through my art, sometimes in sarcastic ways and sometimes in funny ways. I’m also inspired by other artists. For me, going through their portfolios is like meeting new people as their artworks usually reflect their character and personality. Additionally, travelling to different countries and visiting various museums/workshops helps me widen my artistic view.
Q: What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your
A: Nowadays, I’m more focused on digital arts. This makes any sunlit room suitable for me to work in provided that I have access to a computer.
Q: Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?
A: I find myself enthralled by creating patterns, sometimes combined with muted colours. I can’t specify a single reasoning for this, but it seems I just love how geometry perfects an artwork.
Q: Is there an artwork you are most proud of? Why?
A: I really love the artworks containing Armenian patterns. For instance, the “Armenian Pattern”. This artwork also carries a sentimental message for me as the original needlework, from which this design was inspired, was made by my partner’s grandmother (tatik!). I revived her work by converting it to, sort of speaking, a more modern looking artwork with brighter colours. I’m really proud to share this work with the broader Armenian community.
Q: What are your go to methods for setting up a space that helps cultivate your workflow?
A: COFFEE, SUN and MUSIC. These are the essentials to my work, they maintain my efficiency at a high level for a whole day! In addition to these, small but motivating conversations with my partner help me stay on top of progress.
Q: When it comes to home decor, what’s your dream room / space look like?
A: I like the space/room I work in to be sunlit, vibrant, and with lots of plants, books and wall arts. I also like to have a nice green view outside while I sit at my desk inside. Having windows that are facing west is a plus as I really enjoy sunsets at the end of the day!
Q: What advice would you give someone who is aspiring to get in touch with their artistic side?
A: I think every artist-to-be needs a little time alone to herself/himself. They need some time away from work, stress and the hustle of everyday life. I know it from personal experience. I think doing art and failing is not wrong, but giving up is.
Hope this article brought you closer to our Artist Natasha! We look forward to sharing insights and stories from each of our featured Artists.