Interview: Asia Malik
Luca Curci talks with Asia Malik during CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at ITSLIQUID ART SPACE – Venice Grand Canal.
Born in Pakistan on the 20.10.73 and living in Berlin, Germany for decades. Nationality: German. 2 Children. I studied architecture from 1993-to 1996 in London at the Westminster University and worked with the “Pysall Ruge Architekten”, in Berlin during a summer: Focus was the execution planning of the “American Business Center” by Philip Johnson in Berlin. In the years 1997-1998, I worked on the project “City Villa Islamabad” – a 6 bedroom residential house consisting of 2 units in the capital of Pakistan. I was involved in every aspect of this house: From the design on paper to the construction management and supervision on-site to the choice of light fittings for the interior of this City Villa. Later I did training as a “Media Designer” from 1998-2000 and worked in that field as a web- and graphic designer. I did illustrations as well. From 2012-2015 I completed my studies in the real estate business and gained some knowledge on property development and asset management: In connection with this education, I worked for a year for the BEOS AG in Berlin. Currently, I have the luxury to work from home. I would like to have more time to write and last but not least: I paint.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Asia Malik – I am currently working on an oil painting, the theme is “Several women and a bride”. Another rather “playful-experiment” of mine: I have also recently used my existing painting “Maria” and changed it into something much lighter on a digital level.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
AM – As a young girl I was impressed by 2 movements, the emotional intensity and heaviness of “expressionism” and the bizarre metaphysical realities painted by the surrealists. The complexity of Salvador Dali’s mind displayed on canvas on the one hand and the lightness of Rene Magritte on the other was very inspiring. Much later – discovering and observing the art of the old masters – I realized why someone like Rembrandt had such an impact on the world of painting. Last December I participated in a workshop with Alpay Efe, a successful artist from Germany. From him, I was able to learn useful oil painting techniques that I implemented in my painting “Maria” which you exhibited at the Canvas International Art Fair 2022.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
AM – I am looking for the meaning between the lines and colors. The true inspiration lies in the unseen where each word fails. It is the constant “try” to encapsulate and translate the metaphysical “reality” into the material realms. A painting should ideally touch the viewer on several levels – the eyes are just the starter.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
AM – I like painting women – often with oversized heads and long necks. I like mixing old ancient symbols with new elements.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
AM – It is very instinctive.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
AM – If the treasured “meaning between the lines” is transported onto canvas or paper, I am happy. This is when I feel, I can put the brush down. I think I managed to do this in the “Maria” oil painting that you exhibited at the Canvas International Art Fair 2022. Of course, the scarf of the Lady is not perfectly painted. Her complexion could be lighter or brighter and the list of skepticism might belong in this matter. I am not looking for skillful perfection in a painting but I am rather in search of something that transcends. In that sense, the mere “form” is not important but everything that lies behind it.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
AM – It is great to observe that ITSLIQUID GROUP is giving artists like me – who are just entering the art scene – a platform to show their work. Thank you for giving other upcoming artists and me the opportunity to show our art to a wider audience.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
AM – Well, the painting “Maria” is painted on canvas. The empty canvas has been the patient silent base for centuries for the artists of this world. Only recently the traditional good old canvas is somewhat giving away its monopoly to the digital possibilities that are slowly but surely taking over our essentially archaic lives.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform
AM – I am impressed to see that you are covering so many facets and such a variety of human creativity. You display and support contemporary product design, photography, architecture, paintings, sculptures, film, and even “happenings”/live performances are encouraged in your exhibition places – which is great! I wonder if the next step in the art scene will be digitally expressed creations – wonky, weird and wired creations? Art is reduced to a bunch of letters and numbers in front of a screen that is given from one “owner” to another. On the other hand: So many aspects of our lives are already happening inside the screen – friendship, work, etcetera. Why should art be left out? Displaying “the Contemporary” will always require having an open (yet critical) eye for all the developments that either are actual avant-garde or are mere superficial bubble trends that are bound to emerge and disappear into insignificance.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AM – Yes, I very much think so. I am slowly discovering the possibilities platforms like ITSLIQUID GROUP, Instagram, Opensea, and others can offer to upcoming artists. I found you through your media presence on Instagram. So it appears the world is well connected – at least: On-screen.