We feature some of our favorite Etsy artists in our September catalog, including Eden Some‘s abstract black ink drawings! Read our interview with the artist behind the Manjuzaka Etsy shop, and see more of this Morocco-based artist’s work…
What’s your history as an artist?
I think I was born to be an artist. When I was in primary school in Hong Kong, the art teacher only taught us how to use traditional black ink for calligraphy. I didn’t have much interested in that. Honestly I hated the black ink when I was a small boy, especially when all I saw was traditional ink wash paintings with foggy landscapes and trees on a mountain.
Then one day, I got this idea that I could turn my hatred into love, and make black ink drawings that were somewhat conceptualized and abstract, more like contemporary art. I started to paint quite lot in the Summer of 2010, and it was just like volcano exploding. It was never my intention or plan to “become a professional artist.”
What has been inspiring you, recently?
I don’t search for inspiration intentionally. I’d rather just wait for it to come naturally.
I live alone in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. It has been one of the most inspiring experiences in my life. Moving to this country has been so meaningful. Days here are always full of stimulation and magnetism. The most difficult thing to explain is why I love it so much. I simply explain: ” Morocco chose me.”
Is there a central theme or philosophy behind your work?
I believe each painting has its own theme and the concept within. Sometimes I have absolutely no idea what am I painting about. It’s more of a mystery. And it’s up to the viewer.
Some people tell me that my artworks are “full of emotion.” It’s always surprising and wonderful to hear what people see in my artworks. It may be related to their life, their philosophy, their memory… This makes the work feel worthwhile.
Is art your hobby, your job, or something else entirely?
I never define it. “It is what it is.” I don’t care about the title. I have no problem with “a country man who know to paint.” But it doesn’t mean that I paint to prove the value of my existence, otherwise I’d just be “using” art.
Do you have a personal motto?
“Most of the time I can’t remember what I’ve ever painted…”
Read about all of our catalog-featured Etsy artists here!