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“The struggle to identify love from destruction is something that blinds us all”
-Nour Tohamy

How we perceive and interpret the world around us plays a vital role in our journey. Our perception determines how we identify through our ideas, morals, beliefs, and interpretations. Nour Tohamy explains the moralistic theme and concepts of her work as, “The exploration of human vulnerability through conceptualism and femininity.” Tohamy encourages through her deep provoking work on the reflection of nature, and how we as humans can engulf the healing and serenity within it. Her inspiration as she quotes, “My travels. Conversations with strangers. Train rides. Strangely shaped leaves. Babies laughing. Abandoned warehouses. Anything and everything.” Tohamy gives an in depth explanation of her conceptualistic perspective in the analysis of art. She shares her beliefs that we are capable of understanding the value of art beyond its colorful layers. Nour Tohamy journeys viewers through strengthening their vision and what captivates the eye.

Brief Background Of Conceptualism

In retrospect to an article presented by Widewalls, “The Conceptual Art Movement is probably the most radical and the most controversial plane in modern and contemporary art. Conceptual art is the dimension of art being an idea or a concept. This art form involves the minimal use of material, in order for viewers and interpreters to embrace the power in “idea”. How do they interpret the work? This concept steers away from the perspective of the artist’s intention. Nour explains the frame of mind and perspective she utilizes to intrigue viewers, draw them in, and allows others to become a part of the vision.

Question: Define “art” in your own format.

Nour: Art for me is the key card to your most raw self and your imprint on the world.

Question: In the interpretation of conceptualism, explain this art form and movement.

Nour: This art form is very open to interpretation. My concepts are never too grounded, so my audience can wonder between stillness/ movement, strength/ weakness, innocence and everything that counteracts it.

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Question: What do you feel are some of the most important aspects of creativity?

Nour: Reflection. Adventure. Don’t spend too much time browsing for ‘inspiration’ on the Internet. I feel like too much of it numbs originality. Spend time outside of your comfort zone (and your house). Explore your potential. Go for a live muse and in fact treat everyone and everything like a muse. All of it has a story and can have an effect on you and your art. Find who you are inside and go for it. And ride horses man! They’re super spiritual and stuff!

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Question: How can a person interpret creativity through the naked eye?

Nour: That is the amazing thing about true creativity; it cannot be forged because it is based solely on your now interpretation and experiences in the world. Every thought and opinion is shaped by a particular life and I feel that once a person can access that uniqueness that they have, it opens up a door or incredibly endless creativity whether it is expressed through art or any other outlet. And once it is released into the world, it could trigger and be part of someone else’s journey of creativity! Behold the wonderful circle of art.

Question: In the interpretation of conceptualism, explain this art form and movement.

Nour: This art form is very open to interpretation. My concepts are never too grounded, so my audience can wonder between stillness/ movement, strength/ weakness, innocence and everything that counteracts it.

Question: Explain the moralistic theme behind your work. What inspires you?

Nour: The moralistic theme of my work could best be described as the exploration of human vulnerability through conceptualism and femininity. Inspiration? My travels. Conversations with strangers. Train rides. Strangely shaped leaves. Babies laughing. Abandoned warehouses. Anything and everything.

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Question: What makes you stand out as an artist?

Nour: What makes me stand out? Nothing fancy, just me being myself. It’s a very cliché concept but it really is very true. There will be no muse more unique and accessible to you than the miles your heart and mind has done.

Nour Tohamy aspires to inspire others on the importance of authenticity. She states, “In my opinion, the most important think an artist can do is being honest and daring. That’s where the art comes out the strongest- from our most desperate states. Tap into them and break into yourself. The art is just a bonus!”

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