Welcome to a special episode of the Gallery Girl podcast in partnership with Hunna, a contemporary art gallery representing women artists from the Arabian Peninsula. In this episode, my guest is Aysha Almoayyed, a multi-disciplinary artist from Bahrain, who lives and works in Paris.
“I’m curious”, says Aysha, when asked to describe her practice, “I keep on going back to one thing, which I guess is the thing that comes most natural to me, which is the drawing”, she adds, though she jumps around mediums and is currently working with tiles. That said, Aysha explains that she always loved working with ink. “I love it because I can’t erase”, she says, “So my first intention is always pure.” She goes on to add, “I’m curious always, through whatever medium you pick, you always end up arriving at a completely different location than you first thought.”
Speaking about her upbringing, Aysha says that she was very creative. “I can still remember some of the storylines I gave my toys”, she says, “But from the more classical sense of art there was a lot of paint in front of me.” That said, she studied marketing before going to art school. “I was scared that I would be out of touch with everyone and not understand business”, she explains, “It was only after I left college and started working in a bank that I realised that this is not what I want to do.” During this time she worked on a portfolio to get into a grad school and then was accepted into Goldsmiths College in the UK.