Twenty seven year old Jasmine Soliman is quite an astonishing young artist. We met her at her latest exhibition in Cairo titled “Error”.
“Error” emerged from some artistic mistakes she made while painting whereas they turned out to be some pretty creative “mistakes” and landed her this exhibition. Jasmine Soliman graduated from Kingston College in London with a Degree in childcare and education and furthermore studied Fine Arts at Wimbledon School of Art in London.
Her work is often concerned with the texture and consistence of the paint itself, “I am fascinated in the endless and immeasurable effects that can be produced through various techniques of application, my preferred methods are to smear paint with a palette knife, or in stark contrast to this; to pour through instruments allowing various levels of control and manipulation”, she explains.
Her visual influences mainly stem from the work of American artists that were prevalent in the 1950’s and 60’s particularly those involved in the Abstract Expressionist movement, these include Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Clifford Still. “It is their seemingly feverish energy and enthusiasm which draws me to their work, I feel that the use of my chosen painting methods demonstrate the lack of complete control that we have in all aspects of our lives. My initial aim may be to create one thing, but what ends up being the final piece may indeed be something entirely different, I find that instead of being frustrated with the outcome I am often pleasantly surprised and realise that in fact the painting would have always turned out this way despite my intentions, as this was the way it was meant to be. I find that by embracing this concept and constantly employing different approaches I cannot be disappointed in my efforts, and as such thrive on creating new pieces”, she adds.
Watch out for Jasmine Soliman as she is paving the road for modern art in Egypt and will surely make herself heard and appreciated.