STAY HOME AND MAKE ART
Creative Gaga|Issue 50
Mural artist Shahul Hameed unravels his secrets to remaining cheerful, positive and hopeful as we endure these stressful times while staying at home.
Shahul Hameed

CG. What are some of the innovative ways through which you are tackling this lockdown?

Shahul. Staying at home and making art! These are challenging times, but I came up with new ideas for working at home. I’m trying my best to stay positive. I think this is a brilliant opportunity to spend time with our loved ones. This is also a perfect time to catch up with things you’ve missed. One of the best ways to spend time is to do what you like.

CG. Many people experience art blocks during these trying times. Have you been through something similar? If yes, could you share your strategies for overcoming them?

Shahul. Art block stems from lack of motivation and inspiration, but I create illustrations that reflect my perception of the current situation, emotions that provoked me by news, discussions and trends on social media. Therefore, I don’t experience art blocks. I’m using this time to interact with my followers on social media. Through such interactions, I can understand what people like and what they want to see.

CG. You’ve recently painted murals on the walls of your home. Is it something which you’ve always wanted to do? Could you kindly share your experience on the same?

Shahul. Yes, I always wanted to share my passion with my family. By combining my art and my wife’s fondness for interior designing we created something unique. I realised that we can lighten our mood by lightening others’ spirits, so we did our best to remain positive and weaved little moments of happiness together. We want to spread this hope and positivity because we all need it right now.

CG. Most of us are witnessing a shift in our perspective of life and the world due to this pandemic. Have you witnessed something similar?

Shahul. This stay at home order has brought the most significant shift, especially in expats’ lives. As the stay at home orders have been issued, the expats are all confined to a densely packed multistorey building. I did a lot of illustrations to educate people about this issue.

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