Interview: Lina Faroussi
Luca Curci talks with Lina Faroussi during CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Syrian Canadian artist Lina Faroussi was born and raised in Syria. She grew up surrounded by political turmoil and has deeply felt the impact of watching her homeland torn apart by the recent war. Faroussi Moved to Egypt with her family in her teens. Art was not a conventional career path, and she was persuaded to finish her bachelor’s degree in commerce. When she finally settled in Toronto in 2008, Lina’s unwavering passion for art led her to study visual art. She attended different art schools and institutions alongside working on her business career in marketing and event management. Eventually, she decided to focus solely on her art. She continued her studies in visual arts and exhibited in numerous group and solo shows throughout the Middle East, Europe, Canada, USA, including Art Tour International & Art Expo New York, Art Fair London, and Art Expo, Milan. She has received multiple art awards and certifications, such as the Master Award by Art Tour International Magazine (NYC, USA) and Sandro Botticelli Prize (Florence, Italy). In 2018, Lina started a small business and created her own brand, “Lina’s”, digitally printing some of her original paintings onto different fabrics as wearable art and interior design items. During the pandemic year in 2020-2021, she started a series of online art workshops/coaching.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Lina Faroussi – I’m working on a new series, “A Way To Connect”, when I started my painting I was thinking about our world, a world where the wheel of life never stops, where we are bound to the constant demands of daily routines comes a time where we need to recharge in order to continue. I need to disconnect in order to reconnect again with a clearer mindset and vision. So I’m in the process of creating this ideal on canvas.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
LF – In general, I start with an idea for a painting in which I express my feeling towards this idea, without prior sketching, I start directly painting into my canvas, sometimes, during the process, the idea evolves in a different direction and start painting without involving my mind. Shapes and figures might impose their presence on the canvas, so I listen to them and reveal it. Regarding rituals: most of the time I like to paint in the evening, where I prepare my drink and put on background music, soft jazz or slow rock, before starting any painting, just to set the mood!
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
LF – People, music, films, stories, browsing art, nature, particularly the sea, trees, and mountains.
LC – How is your creative process?
LF – I paint when I’m inspired and feel urged to express it, so I start applying multiple coats and layers of acrylic color directly to my surface (canvas or wood panel); I usually prepare 3 or 4 canvases to work on at the same time.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
LF – Most of my artwork reflects human’s constant desire for evolution and prosperity. Such as “Healing”, “Peeling Layers”, “A Parallel world Within”, and so…
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
LF – I like to be part of an international group of artists, I feel connected with like-minded artists.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
LF – My painting “Veins of Banyan 2” was inspired by the Banyan trees I saw during my visit to Sri Lanka in 2019. At first glance the branches felt like veins extending through the bodies of the trees, they seemed like wires intertwined wanting to be touched, to connect and be connected. So I felt it was a perfect fit for this international exhibition.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
LF – Indeed, it was very smooth and good communication.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
LF – Very interesting, professional, love the name you chose too “Its Liquid”.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
LF – Yes, they have a very beautiful concept and global curating vision.