Marwa Rashid Al Khalifa‘s art has been a journey that has seen her constantly explore portrayal of women’s strength and fragility. Join the acclaimed painter who has exhibited her work globally and won international accolades as she sits down with Bahrain This Week to discuss her inspiration and subjects she chooses to highlight
Tell us briefly about yourself and your art
I consider my artwork a journey of continuous exploration. Having worked on portraying a women’s strength and fragility, I got compelled to further showcase different aspects of women artistically. Finding a connection between a women’s character and found objects has been my focus in preparation for the exhibition. The subject matter of each piece of work determines the materials and medium used. It has been an interesting study and one that I will continue exploring as I enjoy the creative process of drawing a parallel between the subject and material.
Were you initiated into arts and painting during your childhood?
Yes my mother signed me up for several art courses including porcelain painting with Ms. Huda AlSaei. During my high school years I was introduced to several different mediums and found my interest in mixed media art.
Who has been your inspiration?
With regards to my inspiration I don’t have someone in particular as I am inspired by many different artists from different periods
Tell us about the significance of art in your life
Art is significant to me as it allows me to express, everyone has a way of expressing emotions and I find that doing art is my source of expressing in a creative manner.
Tell us about your association with Artbab? where did it all start and how?
My association with ArtBAB started in 2015 in their first edition of the exhibition where I exhibited a collection of my work from the Wood Series and the lights series.
What are the different types of painting you do?
As a mixed media artist my work is varied, I’m inspired by the material and the subject and that determines the work that I create.
Do you feel that a formal training is essential to pursue arts?
I don’t feel a formal training is essential to pursue art as I believe everyone has an artist within.
What is your message to the aspiring artists of Bahrain?
My message to the aspiring artists of bahrain is to enjoy the process of creating and immerse themselves as much as they can in trying new techniques.