Interview: Mai Mohamed Salem Abo Assi
Luca Curci talks with Mai Mohamed Salem Abo Assi during OUT OF BALANCE, second appointment of CANVAS Art Fair 2020, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space in London.
My name is Mai Mohamed Salem Abo Assi, I’m Egyptian. I graduated from the faculty of Fine Arts 2020, through my years of study I made my way into art, broadening my knowledge to keep up with the development of art and trying to express and transfer my psychological state into my work of art, the consequence of this made me understand the value and meaning of art. In 2017, I exhibited an oil painting at the Zamalk Faculty of Fine Arts. In addition, I have twice exhibited a mixed work of art at the 28th and 30th Annual Youth Fair in Cairo Opera House (2018 and 2020). My bird collage artwork was featured in the Daily News Egypt. I also participated in the ZSCF set design at the Zewail Science and Technology College. I worked as a mural painter for children’s schools at Mereya events company under the patronage of WFP (World Food Program). Currently, I intend to complete my study through a Masters to improve my artistic idea and technique, hopefully, to make a thesis that will leave a mark in the field of art.
Luca Curci – Whats is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Mai Mohamed Salem Abo Assi – The experiences that had an impact on my artwork was the situations and circumstances I go through in life.
LC – Which subject are your working on?
MMSAA – For more than 2 years I have been interested in the psychology of humans and how it contributes to art.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
MMSAA – I find inspiration in myself and my psychological state. In my latest artwork I was inspired by some questions I asked myself a long time ago, whether what I believe comes from my opinion and perspective or whether society and others have manipulated me to believe their thoughts and beliefs.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artwork?
MMSAA – The most challenging part in creating my artwork is the idea and how to abstract it.
LC – Did your style change over the years? in which way?
MMSAA – My style changed over the years. I started in my latest work to use more material and abstracting my idea and design.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
MMSAA – I found the theme of the festival attractive and unified.
LC – We were attracted by last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
MMSAA – My artwork was created especially for the festival; after seeing your art call i felt inspired to renew my concept.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
MMSAA – I think that your structure and the service you offer to the artist helps to create a successful artistic network.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID platform?
MMSAA – I noticed the variety of works of art exhibited by the ITSLIQUID group which however remained under the same theme and spirit.
LC – Do you enjoy cooperating with us?
MMSAA – I really enjoyed dealing with your organization because it was very collaborative and helpful. Despite all the obstacles I had to face in being able to provide my artwork, they were very patient and followed me through every step.