Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Maser and I’m a visual artist who primarily works on large outdoor installations, as well print and canvas work.
What is your favorite medium?
I’m most familiar with paint. Depending on the concept, different mediums will be used, like video, audio, word-work etc.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from my everyday encounters and the people I meet. Just listening and looking for things which are strikingly ordinary and simple, or finding the thing which evokes a feeling.
What is your creative process?
The content is inspired by my conversations and interactions with people. Visually, I have a graphic background and I amalgamate that with graffiti. I’m influenced mostly by the day-to-day situations and interactions with people; they stick with me and then it comes out in my work.
Is there a specific theme/message/emotion you aim to evoke?
I’m constantly looking for ways to inject positive messaging in my artwork–the underlying theme of support, strength and health. Also, that you’re loved despite life’s hardships. I think this comes across in my color choice, forms and typography.
What motivates you to continue to create?
Without it I have no purpose–it drives me. The fear of not wanting to go back to the life I had. Now that I know what I love to do, I can’t stop myself from making work.
When you encounter creative blocks, what do you do to overcome them?
I’ll step away from the project to clear my head for a short time and I come back to it with a fresh look. But, I’m constantly thinking and playing around with concepts in my head. After a while the dots join. I just have to be patient with myself.
What are your thoughts on the future of art?
Things certainly are moving a lot faster now; the world is getting smaller because of things like social media. We can access a lot more, so in some way it becomes more disposable. This makes me want to see more work that has substance–that moves me.
What is something you have had to learn on your own that you would like to pass on to the next Creative?
The creative process can be natural, but is also loads of learning. I learn something new on each project. I don’t learn from textbooks, I learn from experience, from meeting new people, and being outside my comfort zone. On those large scale projects, for example, I work with new people, and sometimes my method isn’t the best way, so it needs to be a collaborative process to achieve the best result for the project. I’d say to be open!