VANS : Project 063
Nawwar Shukriah Ali, better known as Bono Stellar, is an art director and designer-turn-multidisciplinary artist based in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She does art installations and artworks inspired by some art movements, mostly Op Art and Kinetic Art and play with a lot of materials, shadowplay, in creating depths to her work. For this project, she took over public spaces and created various possibilities by implementing multiple movements in her art.
1.Can you tell us a little bit about your work and what you made for this project?
I do art installations and artworks inspired by some art movements, mostly Op Art and Kinetic Art. I also play with a lot of materials, shadowplay, in creating depths to my work. I wanted to create multiple movements in this project and create various possibilities.
2.What drives and inspires you to make your work?
Everyday experiments and playing with materials and studying different approaches on art psyche me up. Music plays a big role in creating the mood while I do work. There’s no limitation in creating, play is a part of it. So, it’s important to have fun and to just experiment with your art everyday. Make mistakes and keep improving, it’s a never ending learning process and I enjoy doing the process to know where I can go from there.
3.How long does an average piece take from initial idea to completion?
Depends on the scale and the technicality of a project. Some can only take 2 weeks, some take up months. I always love taking up new challenges to explore new approaches; from anamorphic installations to creating interactive installations with electric paint.
4.What are the typical steps involved in your creative process?
Music first, clear your work station and set the mood, it always starts with random sketches on paper. Then, I would project it on the computer or my iPad. I usually visualise the end product in my head and just transfer it onto paper, sometimes it’ll come out exactly as i imagined, sometimes better. I’m always about playing around with compositions and finding balance in the work.
5.What do you want people to take away from your art?
I would like people to experience my art however they want and feel whatever they see. It can provoke feelings and emotions in people and that’s the beauty of art. I hope to create some joy through this artwork. Also, mostly it’s to share that there are numerous ways of creating and there are no limitations.
6.Is there something happening in creative culture that you are most excited about right now?
I am most excited to see that there are so many new talents out here in our country and people are starting to support and buy art. The art scene is blooming and in this pandemic we can see how important and therapeutic art and music is. I hope people will start seeing the value of creative expression and appreciate better.
7.If you could bring any dream project to life, what would it be?
I would dream of creating a permanent structure/art installation at a beach where I can play with shadows when it interacts with nature, and it’s also healing and calming. The beach is my favourite place where I go to reflect and cleanse my soul.
8.What advice would you give to young people when it comes to creativity?
Just do, sometimes we think too much about starting we would doubt ourselves. My advice is to just start doing and moving, trust the process and enjoy it until you find your direction and voice in it. It’s also important to know yourself better so you won’t be discouraged or influenced by negative noises. There are no shortcuts in finding your style or voice, it all depends on how bad you want something; you just keep working towards it.
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