1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
I am a 26 years old, Moroccan and French girl living in Tangier. Since little I like to draw anywhere, the smell of oil pastels, Roald Dahl and I collect the “beans” of the epiphany king’s cake. I grew up in France, far from Morocco that I have always dreamed of. Finally, after my business studies and my French pastry diploma, I moved with my sister, at 24, to Chefchaouen (a blue city in the mountains of Morocco) to open a restaurant, and it was the real artistic click. I had given up on drawing, my first passion but the kitchen project and the region of northern Morocco made me want to take up brushes again.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
I love the details and the colors and everyday scenes (interior cooking, nature, trades…)
When I start to draw I love to add as many details as possible like clues to make up stories and let your imagination run wild. I feel like I am playing like when I was little with a doll’s house, my papier-mâché inventions. I am very inspired by the world of illustration, an old profession, a concrete way of expressing ideas: can send a clear message without the restriction of language or age. Also, this art is used in marketing and communication and it echoes my business studies.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
I use acrylic on paper, this paint dries very quickly. I could be wrong and start over. I like the simplicity of heavy paper and working with a brush.
4. What is your artistic process like?
Often the ideas come to me while walking or travelling, I stop completely in front of a scene, for example, the last time installed in a cafe in Casablanca I saw an itinerant flower seller who walks quietly between impatient cars, I take a picture of him, I have the idea of the drawing and I make small sketches to keep the image in mind. It is all these moments of poetry that we encounter in everyday life that give me emotion and make me draw. I draw everything in pencil before starting to paint.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
I remember an exhibition that I saw as a teenager, at the magnificent swimming pool museum in Roubaix, it was Chagall “the thickness of dreams”.
I was touched by the details of the paintings, you can stay in front of a work for so long and discover things… always, like a walking lamppost, the presence of musical instrument animals… so many details that amuse or make you think. I also like the illustrator Jacqueline Duhême, I listen to an interview with her on repeat, she talks like my grandmother and her work and life with Matisse, Prévert, Jacqueline Kennedy impresses me.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
Art is above all a passion.
A kind of meditation, I’m stressed out, completely messed up, and my head in the air, but when I draw, I’m calm and at ease. I can concentrate on the details. I also like to draw my ideas for the restaurant projects that we dream of with my sister. it’s even more real to me than writing.
Also, Art has brought me many unexpected encounters and projects, my perspectives have broadened.
7. Where did you study?
I studied business after an economics with art option bachelor degree in France, I also obtained a pastry degree because my lifelong dream was to open a pastry shop.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I hope that our pastry project that I have with my sister has seen the light of day in Tangier, that my drawings can be found there… We are working on the decoration and the recipes and I am so impatient. I hope to continue painting for brands, French and Moroccan. For people I love whom I admire and doing it for fun above all!
9. What about in ten?
I dream of finding this balance between the culinary field and art, my two passions.
And to open other addresses with Sarah, my sister, to create universes and experiences with our imagination and our heart… We keep our ideas in a notebook and I hope they will see all day in 10 years. I would love to create an art workshop for children in Tangier (can’t see it yet), little my parents registered me in France and that developed my imagination.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
I like to talk about things that are close to my heart such as Morocco, to show this country that I have been exploring since childhood, with poetry. But also to transmit my love and my sensitivity for everyday scenes, which we sometimes forget to observe. To provoke in those who look at the paintings the same feeling that I have when drawing. Awaken the imagination.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
I am a BIG foodie, which is surely why I draw kitchens and dishes.
I have a great culinary curiosity, I particularly like Italian Mediterranean cuisine, but especially dishes that remind me of the moments of sharing with my family.
12. Favourite book?
A childhood book: Roald Dahl Fantastic Mr Fox, wonderfully adapted for cinema by Wes Anderson. I love Joann Sfar’s comics… the rabbi’s cat, an interfaith message of peace that made me feel good.
13. Favourite genre of music?
I like everything except hard rock… but if I had to choose an artist to paint and relax it’s Devendra Banhart!
14. What are your hobbies?
I like to draw, cook, walk and travel.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I would be a food or pastry chef.