Fatima Tayob Moosa
Fatima Tayob Moosa
SOL was struck by the fluidity, instinctual nature and sublime beauty of the artworks created by South African Process-based Artist Fatima Tayob Moosa.
The talented Fatima spoke to SOL about her journey into the arts from a design background, her creative process and how her work ‘An Accumulation of Moments’ perfectly describes her.
Did you always know you would end up in the Art industry?
Growing up, did creativity always play a big role in your life?
Absolutely, I have always been creating, whether it was through design, art, crafts, writing or just imagining I have always been creating.
One of your earliest memories that hugely impacted you and pushed you to your vocation?
When I was really young, probably younger than 10 years old, I remember drawing on facial tissues with a fine liner, and I absolutely loved watching the ink bleed into the fibres of the tissue. I really was just drawing lines and patterns just so that I could respond to the bleeding ink. Thinking about it now, that was probably a pivotal experience for me, and my first experience of process driven art, which of course I didn’t know at the time.
As someone involved in the field of Art, aesthetics plays a vital role- what does it mean to you on both a professional and personal level?
I think for me, it would be difficult to separate my response on a professional and personal level, so I’m just going to say that I think aesthetics is relevant, but cannot be prioritised over an authentic response or expression.
You have a BA in Interior Design and Fine Arts- how do you live the relationship between Art and Design? And how does this filter through in your Work?
I think that design gives me a good understanding of how elements can work together in harmony and also creating balance in an artwork, so the design experience almost always works in the background through the making of a work, and filters though subconsciously. And sometimes If I’m not feeling all that connected to the art making process, I can tend to respond more strongly to my work as a designer. However I think that as my work evolves it would probably lead towards installation, because of the merging of design and art experience.
You work in abstraction. Tell us a little bit more about this choice.
I think it wasn’t really a choice, it just sort of happened as soon as I consciously decided to shift the emphasis of my work from outcome to the process driven. It’s actually quite interesting, because when I was in high school I made very realistic figurative oil paintings, and even then the most exciting moments were when I got lost in the process of brush to canvas.
Take us through your creative process when coming up with a new body of work?
I write quite a bit about my work and just general thoughts, and recently it has become more regular, so themes and new developments in my work usually emerge in the writing process. These are usually about life, my existence, identity and beliefs that somehow get translated in my worth through the process, which involves an inquiring experimentation between the medium and subsequently through the act of mark making.
In this Digital era, how do you envision the role of the Artist in years to come? And in particular within the social media spectrum?
I have very mixed feelings about the digital era and social media, while I acknowledge the benefits of free advertising and digital tools making life “easier”, I am also very weary of how it impacts our social progression as humans. I feel like we are continually bombarded by imagery and information, that it has become more challenging to pause, breath and allow our minds to be still. So for me I think that it is important to be more mindful and really connect with the “soul” aspects of humanness, and perhaps this is also something that I would like an audience to experience through my work, just to be still for a moment and allow yourself to respond naturally to the work without judgment.
What do you make of the current Art scene in South Africa?
I think that the art scene is a strong reflection of the social, cultural and political state of SA, in that there is a rich diversity and uniqueness in the art that is being produced and displayed, which is also very fluid, and where constructs keep changing and evolving. I think this is great, because it feels like it opens up spaces for more expansion, and seems far from reaching any type of saturation level.
Do you believe in creative collaboration and if so are there any creative you would like to collaborate with in the future?
Yes I do, but I must admit that I haven’t thought of how or who I would like to collaborate with, I think for now I need to focus on my individuality as an artist as I develop my personal expression. However if I do collaborate, it would be interesting to work with a creative who’s themes and ideas are similar to mine, but communicates them through a completely different medium and process.
What have been some of your professional highlights thus far?
Probably taking part in the RMB Talent Unlocked program this year, and showing at Turbine Art Fair for the first time, as well as showing one of my works with the South African Foundation of Contemporary Art at the Cape Town Art Fair last year. I also had my first solo showing in March this year at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town, which was really exciting.
Where can one creep on your work?
Facebook Page @FTMartist
Are there any exciting new projects for you on the horizon that you would like to mention?
Not at the moment, there are a few things in the pipeline but nothing confirmed.
Finally if you could be summed up in one art piece, yours or another’s - which would it be and why?
Probably one of my very large canvas works like “An Accumulation of Moments”, because they document my process over a longer period of time and the materiality and fluidity of the canvas allows it to evolve to become something new without any limitations.