Interview and works with MOLEY TALHAOUI
Text by Pirita Litmanen, photography by Jesse Laitinen
What are your first memories of painting or drawing?
I have an early image in my mind of religious symbols in ecclesiastical surroundings. I think it stems back from my childhood memories in Andalusia.
How would you describe the creative process?
I draw on daily basis. It’s my way of documenting emotions and thoughts without having to physically be in any particular place. It’s like a diary of symbols, you might say.
Paintings come in more intensive and structured periods.
What would you say has affected your style as an artist?
The Berbic, North African expression has inspired me a lot. Central European artists like Egon Schiele, James Ensor, Ferdinand Hodler and Gustaf Klimt are few people that have strengthened my confidence as an artist.
They showed me a form in which it’s okay to distort the human shape and every possible existing object without the limitations of realism. Jean Michelle Basquiate and Jackson Pollock’s artistic work has taught me to not manually manipulate my expression but let the abstract subconscious lead the way.
Often I don’t know what it is that I have expressed until it’s done and I discover it myself.
What do you enjoy most about art?
I am very visual. I love fabrics, patterns. Scandinavian furniture design interests me a lot.
What dreams when it comes to being an artist?
I want to be a part of my generation’s artistic evolution.
Drawings by Moley Talhaoui
Photograph by Jesse Laitinen