Artist Talk /Q&A
Tell us a little bit about your painting style?
I classify my painting style as figurative, but I don’t have a definite class. I burrow from various movements. I combine elements from both of my background in graphic design and painting to come up with my work.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am Taabu Munyoki. I am from Nairobi, Kenya, and I currently reside in Nairobi. I was born on the 2nd of June. I graduated from Kenyatta university with a bachelors in Fine Art. My major was graphic design with sculpture and paining as a minor.
I realized I was into art in my last year of high school in 2013, all thanks to my art teacher. She was the best.
What is the message behind your art?
I don’t have a general message, and with each work I convey a different message. However, through the art I hope the audience sees themselves in one way or another, or evoke some sort of emotion. I believe once art leaves my studio, it ceases to be “my art” and it leaves room for the viewer to decide what it means to them.
What inspires you?
I draw inspiration from my environment, how i interact with it. Daily, seemingly mundane activities of how people relate to each other and their surroundings. I am interested in understanding and depicting how much or how little influence a persons surrounding and upbringing has, growing up in an urban area myself.
How does your artwork represent you?
It is a translation of my personal beliefs and perceptions. So by virtue of that, a direct representation of me.
What is your favorite medium to create with?
Ink on paper. Ink is unpredictable in its nature, and it is interesting how at different viscosities, it flows on the surface to create visually intriguing patterns.
I use acrylic on canvas mainly because of its accessibility, I also dabble on pastel on paper, and other mediums as well. When it comes to colors, my favorite is red and its variants. I really like warm colors.
Talk to us about the works in the Concordant Conveyance Exhibition?
The works I have in this exhibition are all a part of a series I am working on that captures a day in the lives of significant people, who one way or another keep things running in the society, due to the inherent nature of the services they provide but are hardly recognized.
We have reduced them to just their roles, nobody ever bothers to find out who they are and how how they exist in the space. It is for this reason that their faces are obscured, as if to say it could be literally anyone but we don’t know who they are, because essentially we don’t care.
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