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Maisoon Al Saleh

Maisoon Al Saleh

Meet visual artist from Dubai, Maisoon Al Saleh.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve graduated from Zayed University with an Interior Design degree in the year 2010. Due to my passion for learning new things every day I’ve also gained skills in designing mobile apps and portals, social media strategy expert, and much more.
Fine arts was something I’ve been creating with passion due to my love for art at a very young age and having been raised in an artistic family that supported it.
I used to create 2D artworks but after gaining my Interior design degree the whole room became a canvas to me. I started to create murals like the project I’ve done on the 2nd of December steer in Dubai on a 4 level building, installation, sculptures, and interactive art.

 

Describe the city you’re living in and what it’s like to live there.

Around 15.8 million visitors came to Dubai based on the statistics from the year 2018 that excites me to get to meet various nationalities in one place! With a growing creative economy opens up doors for new galleries to open up, and investor’s, as well as a boost in art sales, is the perfect mix for me to grow in my artistic career. The city provided me the freedom of expression through my art and strong support from the UAE Government towards the art scene not just for Emirati nationals but as well as other nationalities whom are passionate in creating art and living in Dubai or across other emirates within UAE.

 

The city provided me the freedom of expression through my art and strong support from the UAE Government towards the art scene not just for Emirati nationals but as well as other nationalities whom are passionate in creating art and living in Dubai or across other emirates within UAE.

What is the best and worst thing about living in your city?

Best: Technology, I get to do my work efficiently and quick as most of the services are online with a touch of a button without needing to run around nor wait in long lines to get something done.

Worst: So many delicious restaurants to try, which makes it very hard to control your calories hehe!
Give us 3 words that describe what it’s like to be a creative in your city.
Innovative – Simplicity – Quality

 

How did you start your career in art?
Since I was a child I was passionate about art, where I get over excited and end up scribbling on the house interior walls with crayons that drove my mother crazy.
I also remember once around age 8 when my father went out in the garden and noticed all the flowers in the garden had vanished, and the first thing came to his mind is to question me about it, and I said I’ve created a natural perfume scent with it. After I grew up my parents came to realize the reasons behind unusual behavior back then.

 

Since I was a child I was passionate about art, where I get over excited and end up scribbling on the house interior walls with crayons that drove my mother crazy.

Were the people around you supportive of your decision on working as a creative?

Yes, I think it’s because I’ve been raised in an artistic family. My mother into fashion, my father a photographer and my aunt is a fine artist.

 

What are some goals and ambitions you have for your future work?

I’ve started a series called “The Year of Tolerance”, inspired by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, whom proclaimed the year 2019 to be the “The Year of Tolerance” in the UAE, highlighting the UAE as a global capital for tolerance, and emphasizing tolerance as a universal concept and a sustainable institutional endeavor through legislation and policies aimed at entrenching the values of tolerance, dialogue, coexistence and openness to different cultures, especially amongst youth, which will reflect positively on society as a whole.

 

I’ve started a series called “The Year of Tolerance”, inspired by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, whom proclaimed the year 2019 to be the “The Year of Tolerance” in the UAE

If you could collaborate with any person in the world who would it be?
Would love to collaborate one day with the United Nations on a project. I have so many creative ideas that I would love to share it with them.

 

How would you describe the women around you?

Ambitious

 

Were there any local female creatives that you looked up to when you were growing up?
None, I believe that each person is unique on his own and I wanted to build my own identity.

 

Are there any challenging aspects of being a female in your industry?

I haven’t faced any challenges of that sort as the UAE Government had always supported females to lead and grow in their career’s, I’m lucky and grateful to be in such a supportive environment.

 

To be passionate about what they do and never give up.

Do you have any advice to young women who are aspiring to work in your field?
To be passionate about what they do and never give up.

 

 

Photos courtesy of Maisoon Al Saleh.

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