INTERVIEW: ISHA WILLIAMS | ITSLIQUIDGROUP

INTERVIEW: ISHA WILLIAMS

Interviews | September 9, 2021 |

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Image courtesy of Isha Williams

Interview: Isha Williams
Luca Curci
talks with Isha Williams during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, 3rd Appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Jamaica-based Visual Artist, Isha Williams, has been honing her skills in Surrealism and Social-Realism Painting for the past three years. Even though she was never formally trained nor educated in the field, her undeniable talent has evolved exponentially. Starting her journey for the first time in 2017, Isha gave life to her images using charcoal on paper. Later, she was able to create a strong physical presence in her characters using acrylic and oil paints. She loved the unique quality each of the three mediums brought to a piece, however, she fell in love with the rich vibrancy of oils. Subsequently, she became observantly fascinated by the suggestive emotional expressions of the human form, hence they became the subject of her work. Extracting inspiration from the reckless assassination of innocence, the dismantling of nature, the technological swap of genuine love, and the disintegration of traditional ways of life, she uses selected mediums to metamorphose standard notions of realism into a distinctive expressive piece.

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Image courtesy of Isha Williams

Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Isha Williams –
I drew for the first time on July 15th, 2017. I had no intention at the time of becoming a Visual Artist. I did it to get into Architecture School. The Caribbean School of Architecture refused to accept me without an art portfolio, and I refused to allow my inability to draw to stop me from going to Architecture School. However, when I drew for the first time, it was nothing like I expected. It was the most peaceful experience I have ever felt. It was like the pencil became a limb that only took one instruction from the brain, “Relax”. Today, I use my creations to express various unspoken socio-normative injustices. Using women as my main subject, I use my tools to tell tales of sadness, joy, and triumph.

LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
IW –
When I paint, all I am thinking about is, “How do I connect emotionally to my viewer?”, “How do I reach beyond the borders of religion, language, traditions, and race, to create portals of transformation for my viewers?” Ritualistically, I thoroughly research my story before putting paint to canvas, then, I find the genre of music that speaks to the emotion of the piece and I block out the outside world by playing that music for the duration of that creative process.

LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
IW –
With the creation of each piece, I seek to evolve into segmentations that enable the creation of pieces stronger than the last. Regardless of my socio-normative approach to art, I am not limited by perfectionism, allowing me to keep an open mind to every possible idea.

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LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
IW –
While I am an advocate for self-assurance, I do believe that art is a language that expresses the unspoken truths of many. The only way I can allow my art to do that is to be open to the suggestions and ideas of my audience, and by doing so, I find that both myself and my art grow exponentially.

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
IW –
My style most definitely changed over the years: in 2017 I just found out that I could draw, in 2018 I started to create charcoal artworks, in 2019 I started acrylic painting, in 2020 I started oil painting and in 2021 I started sculpting. In addition to these milestones, I find that I have better control over my artistic voice as opposed to when I started. My viewers are able to see the story more vividly through my paintings.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
IW –
I believe that your vision of liquidity is ingenious. To be able to blossom in this ever-changing world of Art, you need to be fluid. Additionally, you also require the ability to grow and change with the tides. This gives rise to the achievement of success beyond your peers. I think the theme of the festival is fitting to the crisis the world is facing at this time. With the Corona Virus wreaking havoc, now is the time we need to think about what our Future Landscapes will be.

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Image courtesy of Isha Williams

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
IW –
I believe that our Future Landscapes will start and end with Women, and my pieces speak volumes to that belief. In so many ways women create and shape this society. They are the bearers of life and the first teachers of love. When the women of this world start to hone their strength, then, and only then will the blueprint of social change for a better future.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
IW – Yes. ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
IW –
After getting over the hump of technological miscommunication, I did in fact enjoy every minute of cooperating with you.

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Image courtesy of Isha Williams
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Image courtesy of Isha Williams
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Image courtesy of Isha Williams

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