Bahrain Confidential explored the mind of Zainab Ashoor, the young Bahraini artist behind Le Beau Arts.
What motivates you to get up in the morning?
When I wake up in the morning, the first thing that pops into my mind is my supporters on social media. I usually come up with most of my ideas when I’m trying to sleep, so I note down all the creative inspirations to have something to look forward to when I wake up. That leaves the rest of the day to capture it and share it with my audience, whose positive feedback always encourages me to keep on putting my soul into my work.
Which artwork do you most identify yourself with?
I leave a piece of myself in everything I do, so each drawing has its own special place in my heart. Every single one has a specific mix of emotions behind it whether it be happiness, sadness, stress, frustration or any other. Although some of my works are influenced by my negative emotions, the outcome is usually something which leaves me satisfied and feeling better too. In other words, choosing between my pieces feels like a crime, like I’m choosing between my parents or friends.
What does art mean to you?
To me, art is an escape. As I’ve also mentioned in my Instagram bio, I see art as this solace which I can run to whenever there’s too many thoughts in my head, or too many feelings in my heart. Although not many can understand the thought process of executing each piece, I’m happy enough to touch the heart of just one person, amongst 7 billion. In the Middle East, I never found my style in art around me, so I figured it would be a good idea to introduce it to our region, and maybe inspire others. With that being said, to me art is comfort, adventure, and inspiration.
Can you describe your artistic process? How do you know when an artwork is finished?
What prompts me to start with my process is finding inspiration from any random thing around me while listening to music, and sometimes from other artists too. I then sort out all my thoughts and sketch a rough draft before diving right into it. Throughout the process, if I find anything is unsuitable, I alter it. Finally, I take a step back and decide whether I feel satisfied with what I’ve done. if I’m not, I go back and make a few changes until I feel like the work is complete.
Which part of Bahrain is your favourite and why?
I don’t have a specific place but I always feel comfort and familiarity when I’m at my grandparents’ house and although I’ve lived my whole life here I feel like there’s still a lot of places to visit and a lot yet to discover.
Zainab Ashoor is a 16-year-old self-taught Bahraini artist who sees art as a form of escape. Through art, she lets her thoughts and emotions overflow through her fingertips. She posts her artworks on her Instagram @lebeauarts.
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