SOL sat down with Montréal-based Graphic Designer and Visual Artist Kaylan M.
Kaylan's aesthetics is a strong contrast to SOLs however in each work her beautifully rich and Profound view of life and the Individual is evident and therefore a creative we just had to feature on the SOL Platform.
The insightful and talented Kaylan spoke to us about her artistic journey, her bold and vibrant aesthetics under her Brand "Lost in the Island", her Daily inspirations and what it takes to create her works.
You are a self-taught visual artist and graphic designer- did you always know were going to end up in the creative field?
I have always known that I was going to end up in the creative field. I started drawing when I was 6 years and never wanted to stop. I have always been passionate about art, the beauty and the mystery of it captivated me. In my childhood, Art was a place where I felt safe and at peace and as I grew, I knew this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What is one of your earliest memories of something that strongly impacted you visually?
One of my earliest memories that strongly impacted me visually was when I went to Senegal, West Africa in 2015, I went to one of the markets of the city where I saw some extremely talented artists working in very poor conditions, but the love and the passion they have for their craft didn’t stop them from creating an incredible artwork. They work with what they have and they put their heart and energy into it. I wished someone could help these artists grow more and be respected for what they are able to do with almost nothing.
Your website is called ‘Lost in the Island’- can you tell us a bit more about it.
Lost In the Island is first my brand and my artist name. Lost In The Island is also my perception of life/ the world. In my humble opinion, I perceive the earth as being a huge island and in it each of us has our own island, in another word, our own bubble where we walk our own path. However, it feels like most of us strive to free ourselves and it is a challenge to be part of a world where some people are not tolerant, kind or respectful towards others, step on others. In results, we stay in our own bubble because it is safer and it hurts less. My art, then depicts my hurdles, my experiences, my dreams, and also addresses some issues in the society all enveloped with spirituality, in what I believe in, the universe in hope that this will inspire people and heal myself in my bubble.
You have a very bold and strong aesthetics- what does aesthetics mean to you both personally and professionally?
In my opinion, aesthetics come from the soul; Finding beauty and harmony within and applying our beauty daily in everything we do including Art. Aesthetic for me, is also finding beauty in the unexpected; Life sometimes brings us to unexpected places, or throws us unexpected situations and finding beauty in confusion or chaos is aesthetics. Following our own intuition and observing is also part of aesthetics.
Your collages are particularly inspiring and have a very strong African aesthetics- why this choice and tell you a bit more about the African influence?
I did not choose the strong African aesthetic that you see in my work. I am originally from Africa, and I am naturally inspired by anything that African culture offers, from rich, colorful textures to beautiful landscapes, amazing food, beautiful textiles, patterns and strong history that the continent has. My background is unconsciously reflected in what I create.
What and who inspires you on a daily basis?
I’m drawn by my inner-me, my mood, and the moment of the day; It’s therapeutic and it’s just my way of releasing my creative spirit. In addition, I am inspired by Life, Art, Books, Science, Fashion, Music, The Universe, Spirituality and Nature, an endless source of inspiration. I am also inspired by my fellow independent artists; They inspire me to create more.
Where do you see the future role of the artist?
I see the artist bringing innovative ideas in the creative field, lead, follow, uplift with art. In addition, I see the artist providing society with emotions, colors, and textures and patterns. I also see the artist as being the voice of the unheard and the unsaid.
Where can one creep on your work?
You are open to ‘collaboration’- a trend that has been gaining a lot of talk in the past few year- what is your take on collaborating through the spectrum of the arts?
Collaboration is definitely a powerful trend; One joining forces with another person or a group of people and together they aim for the same goal and come up with an incredible creation is a trend that the world needs; It is also a powerful movement in the art field because two or more creative working on a project together equals amazingness and it is a movement I strongly support. Collaborating with people opens new doors, makes you see life or Art differently and it makes you grow as a person. I am open to collaborate in different branches of the creative field, I would love to learn more and as a person gain some knowledge through collaborations.
Is there anyone you would love to collaborate with in the future?
I would love to collaborate with Mr. Pharrell Williams. I love His sense of fashion, His positive jovial energy and his Aesthetics. I would definitely love to work on a collection of shoes. I would love to bring my eccentric, electric and vivid style into something wearable.
Finally if you could sum up your essence in one ‘visual’ what would it be and why?
If I could sum up my essence in one visual it would be “RESILIENT” . This piece reflects the word itself visually. Being able to recover after so many hits, challenges, rejections, depression and being able to crush the pain with joy instead of hate, rise above and keep moving forward regardless everything demands courage and strength, It is also beautiful to see growth. I think this visual sums up my essence.