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I have never met Thuraya Lynn. At least not in person. But through her works, I have fallen in love with this elfin artist. Thuraya Lynn is ‘Kuwaiti’ by name but she appears to be anything but. I follow her on Instagram and she seems to belong to a coterie of young, life-loving misfits (and I mean ‘misfits’ in a good way). But one thing sets her apart from her friends: her crazy talent and childlike imagination. Her drawings and paintings exhibit a fearlessness possessed only by seasoned painters. And possibly every child on this planet. In her drawings Thuraya leaves her miniature frame on her bedroom floor to become this giant, drawing like a master in the mind of an innocent child.
Thuraya, how do you start painting? Are you intimidated by a white sheet of paper? Most of the time I start with words. I have notes upon notes filled with titles and short haikus. In that sense the canvas turns into a visual poem. Listening to music, usually indie rock, Japanese pop or 60s jazz helps too. If I’m ever stuck, I go to the library and start flipping through historical books. I have a sick-admiration/fetish for China during the 1970s Cultural Revolution.
And no, [a blank sheet of paper] doesn’t scare me as much as it did when I was in my teens. I suppose it comes with havin’ more self-confidence in my own visions.
What is your favorite pen, the one you’d go nuts if it went missing? I like using Staedtler pencils, Foray ball pens and Yoken pens. I pretty much lose my pens on a regular basis. I go nuts when I lose my sharpeners though. It’s quite a hassle doing pencil lines when the lead turns chubby!
You draw like a child-that’s a compliment-and recently you played around with crayons. Is drawing with crayons a reminder of a simpler time in your life, when you were a child? Haha! Thank you! I certainly do enjoy the naive aspects of drawing.
You know, it didn’t occur to me to color as a kid. For one, growing up I had to shoulder some adult responsibilities. I couldn’t run around selfishly whining for things. Living with a single foreign parent I would always be scared of wasting our budget, so I never asked mum to get me these sorts of ‘luxuries’: crayons, markers and whatso. But life is better and more comfy now.
Also, colors were/are too noisy to me. I never really adventured in colors except for those mandatory assignments in art class. Personal projects, everything was in black and white. I was really more into shadows and layering, especially lines.
It’s pretty scary using crayons. I really get worried that I’d mess up and boy do I! But I suppose, deep down inside I’m eager to experiment with different mediums outside my comfort zone.
I’ve seen some of your sketches accompanied by words. Is there a graphic novel in the works? Yup, but it won’t be anywhere near as fancy as most graphic novels. I’m planning to do a webcomic of random nothings, of my daily happenings. But as I said before, I use words as an inspiration for my work in general. Most of the time I just leave whatever wording or poems I made on the drawings to give it more depth, and sometimes the words give the drawing a dry humor feel that I so enjoy.
What color can you not do without? Gray. I really love how powerful it is.
If you had one superpower as an artist, what would it be? Goo mimicry! Wouldn’t it be cool if I could liquify and throw myself onto the canvas? The paintings produced would look like physical attacks-a living organ!
What is your favorite TV cartoon show? I used to be addicted to Pokemon and The Simpsons. They’re pretty fun and adventurous.
If you were a guest at a dinner party for four, who would you want the other three guests to be? Nara Yoshitomo, a modern Japanese artist and American photographer Patrick Tsai. I couldn’t decide between Nakata, a character in Haruki Murakami’s book and Pinocchio. I bet the night would be a mixture of good food, artsy chattery, scary pauses and kiddie lies.
When was the last time you cried? A couple of minutes ago.
If you could be a fly on someone’s wall, whose would it be? Wouldn’t I die in five minutes while snooping around in my special someone’s room? What a sad state.
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