Artdose is one of the artists participating in the exhibition 'Art Still Flourishes', and he answers some of our questions about his inspirations, the best part of being an artist, and more.
What’s your background?
My name is *error 404_-_ name not found* but everyone knows me as ArtDose.I have a background in applied arts with a BA in graphic and advertising design from Frederick University. Inspired by the unconscious mind, I found my passion and devotion in surrealism. Specializing in digital collages, I have managed to create a surreal world revolving around today’s societal issues, ideologies and ethos.
What does art mean to you?
As cliche as it sounds, art for me means everything and my whole life revolves around it. By creating, i get the opportunity to express my personal thoughts and ideas and help spread different messages. Since art is the greatest form of expression, i try to influence my audience and help them...feel something. I feel most free when creating art.
How did you start making art/Why do you make art?
From a young age, i was always drawn into art, but attending university was what sparked the flame that helped ignite this journey i'm currently in. Then and there, i realised that art is what i wanted my future to be all about. I create to feel that sense of freedom and make me feel whole as both a person and an artist.
What inspires you? What are your biggest influences?
I'm generally inspired by my surroundings; whether its music, images or just something i heard of. Through my artwork, i try to convey today's social issues and disorganisation. My main influences come from surrealism and anything that expresses freedom of speech, conscience and diversity.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
The best thing about being an artist is that you can say so much, without even uttering a single word. An artwork can mean so many different things, depending on who's viewing and interpreting it; which is why i love the fact that i see my artwork being an inspiration and influence to other artists. That really brings me a sense of joy and satisfaction.
What gives you the most joy?
Considering the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic, what do you think is the impact on the art world and how could we overcome it?
Despite the problems and difficulties that Covid-19 has brought upon us, I believe that it has helped push and enhance digital art. We now have the chance to see more digital exhibitions and it has affected artists in a positive way.