Ali’s work focuses on intentionally using texture and color to interpret emotions and the world around us. She uses textured medium and a neutral color palette to create a balance between calm and playfulness in her artwork. The layers of texture are a reminder to appreciate the small details of life and to be open to the journey of each moment as it unfolds. Her work invites us to consider our own surroundings and appreciate their simplicity.
Q: WHAT INSPIRES THE TITLES OF YOUR WORK, HOW DO YOU NAME THEM?
A: I love naming my work! It gives the piece such extra personality…I have a lot of fun with this process. Sometimes they’re named after songs, or a hybrid of song names put together, that I listened to when painting the piece - I love a good Spotify playlist. Other times they are taken from my reference photos, and I use what’s in the photo to give a title. I also pull from my emotions and how I’m feeling when creating the work or what inspired it. I try to find one or two words to sum those feelings and use that to name the work. Overall, the titles are very literal to what I am seeing, hearing or thinking at the time of creating.
Q: IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
A: I can’t pick just one, but it would be either Italy or France - I love the colors, history, food, and architecture in both countries. There is so much to dive into through the country sides, mountain regions, major cities, and beach towns. Quite a few of my textured works have been referenced and inspired from pictures of city walls in these countries.
Q: WHO ARE THREE ARTISTS THAT HAVE IMPACTED YOUR CREATIVITY?
A: Three artists that have impacted my creativity are: Brittney Lee, she is a visual development artist at Disney Animation and illustrator. The way she uses design and color to transport you to whimsical magical places is rather incredible. Kristen Giorgi, which is how I found out about Kismet Art Co. Her dreamy abstract landscapes and representation of the female form empower me and make me consider other mediums and ways of working as an artist. Emily Rachel, a creative director. She has this romantic and elegant way of looking at the world and photographing it. I find her photos draw my attention to the stubble sweet details of life, which are a major source of inspiration when I am in the brainstorming phase of creating.