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Interview with Vida Khadem on her latest work – Dance of Life

Vida KhademVida Khadem is a painter, writer and film maker, whom we have interviewed before. She joins us again to talk about her latest work “Dance of Life”, which is a unique collection that she has painted using just vegetables, herbs and fruits. You can find our more about Vida through her website, as well as to purchase prints of this latest work.

ExtraImaginary: Welcome back Vida. Wow! Dance of Life is an amazing concept. How did you come up with it?

Vida Khadem - Dance of Life

Vida: I woke up one day and I was angry. And for no apparent reason that I could pin point. So I did what I always do when I am in distress. I picked up my paints and some empty bottles and cans and decided to go into the woods.

I wanted to throw paint from different distances to study the movement of liquid as it travels from near and far before it hits the surface of the panel of wood.

It was a cold winter day. And snow was still on the ground. After some time and throwing paint with different objects, bottles, cans, and cups and glass, I got tired and drove back home to have something eat.

As I was peeling an orange … the thought crossed my head … I wonder what would happen if I dip the orange in the paint and throw it on the panel. So I did. And to my surprise the marks were much more interesting.

Next I threw an apple, grapes, and parsley, and cabbage, and mint, and so I was throwing all kinds of vegetables and herbs and fruits from close and far. And the result was astonishing.

So in all honesty, it was just an accident.

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Interview with Peter Ngugi – Artist from Nairobi, Kenya

Peter NgugiPeter Ngugi is an artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a self taught artist painting for the last 14 years. He has previously exhibited his art and lectured at the University of Kentucky in the United States.

You can visit Peter’s website to find out more about him and to purchase his artwork.

View Peter Ngugi’s portfolio. You can also view his artwork after the interview below.

ExtraImaginary: We have Peter Ngugi with us today – an artist from Nairobi, Kenya. Peter can you tell us a little about yourself and your art?

Peter Ngugi: My name is Peter Ngugi. I am 31 years old and I’ve been painting for the last 14 years. My work is mainly oil on canvas and I have kept my work totally experimental. That means I keep trying different things at different times. Currently I am working with animals and I am experimenting with transparency. The last show I held was here at RaMoMa last year in December 2009.

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