Angie Kamal is a visual artist and Indie Studio artist-in-residence at SKETCH. She tells us about her creative process and why art gives her purpose and improves her mental health. To see more of her art, follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
My art is very much a reflection of the different phases and growth that I go through. It usually affects my spiritual and mental state. It’s freestyle, expressive art. I like to freestyle and work from a space of self-expression using acrylic or watercolour. [My art practice] has been on and off since high school, so it’s never been consistent.
Angie’s artwork (above and below)
My creative process is tedious and rare. It’s very difficult for me to find inspiration in my home so I actually use music and movement to energize my creativity. There are rare times when I’m inspired, but when it happens, I can be happy with what I’m creating. I don’t really follow any particular person for inspiration. I kind of have to pull it out of myself if that makes sense, but being in the city… the environment is high energy and creative. That’s why I’ll make the two-hour commute.
I aspire to do group shows and eventually solo exhibitions, as well as working on building a professional portfolio so that I can start expanding my business on social media.
It [art] has made me feel purposeful, fulfilled and it’s helped a lot with my mental health and trauma. I think the most important thing I would say is it solidified and created my self-love. That’s something I struggled with for a long time and practicing art helped me find my true self.