Tunisian artist Mona Chouk flirts with the idea of painting faces in her work.
She was born in Lausanne, Switzerland and migrated to Tunisia to study Business Administration, however changed to Fine Arts.
“I studied in the School of Business Administration which has nothing to do with art. Nevertheless, I was deeply attached to art since my childhood and visited art museums in Europe and Tunisia, but never grasped the nettle. I was afraid,” said Chouk.
The Swiss born artist’s art mantra appears to have faces, which occur frequently in her work. Seemingly, two faces tend to appear those of her father and mother.
“I flirted with the idea of two faces; perhaps because I descend from a Tunisian father and a Swiss mother. However, I would say man can always find his hidden other half after long toil, but he has to work hard for it and one day he will find it.” she said.
The Tunisian artist says most of her paintings are reflections of her deep subconscious mind. She added that she yearned for the desert, the sea, the sun and other contrasts which, without her awareness, where steeped in her mind
Chouk’s paintings display glowing colors reflecting the deep orient steeped in her subconscious mind. It is the yearning for the desert, the sea, the blazing sun which has overwhelmed her imagination without her knowing.
“I love glowing colors. It took me five years to realize that; it is a culmination of my career,” said Chouk.
However, the answer of why switching majors to fine arts, and if anyone had influenced her, will remain unshared. She says “I won’t say who was behind it. It is a secret.”
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