By Johara Al Mogbel
Name: Reema Motib
Medium: Illustration. Pen on paper, mostly.
What got you started?
I can’t recall a specific time. I’ve always been exposed to and encouraged to explore various art forms and I’ve been drawing since preschool. It’s been interesting to see the progress.
Why do you do art?
Because it’s the most honest form of communication.
Is your work the result of sudden inspiration, or long term planning? How do you think up your concepts?
Usually, I go by sudden inspiration. I’m not very strategic about developing concepts. I could go a whole month without producing anything, just sketching for practice and then produce several pieces in one day between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Most of my inspiration comes from things that resign in my visual memory.
What do you think of the art scene in Riyadh? Anything you’d like to see changed?
I think the art scene in Riyadh is booming. So many talented artists are emerging from here. What bothers me sometimes is the dominance of social media; it’s a wonderful tool to get your work out there but what we’re posting next shouldn’t be our main priority.
Who are your role models?
Manal Al Dowayan, Misty Copeland, Alexa Chung and my mom.
What does being creative mean to you?
Being creative is the ability to communicate with others or with your own emotions in a nonconventional manner. We all hold that ability; it comes out in different art forms.
Favorite piece of artwork by someone else?
Manal Al Dowayan’s Tree of Guardians. It’s lovely to look at and the significance it carries was really impactful on me.