Our fifth artist for Art Edition 4 is Fatma Kadir. She was previously featured during Art Edition 1 and Art Edition 3, where our readers loved her masterful paintings of birds. Her depiction of ravens in different times of the year, in her painting titled Ravens-Four Seasons, is especially breath-taking. Fatma’s paintings have been featured in various UN initiatives and beyond. Like several other artists we have featured, Fatma’s work highlights Climate Change and other Environmental issues. We are delighted to publish her interview along with several more of her artworks.
What are you working on now?
I just successfully completed my dissertation for a master’s degree in sculpture at Yeditepe University. And launched my third solo digital art show titled “Guarding Nature – Maskuary” as part of Tiredearth’s #MASKUARY campaign. This campaign is supported by the CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, the Institute of International Knowledge Management (TIIKM), as well as Pinelo Art Gallery artists Selva Ozelli, Ihan Sayin and Semine Hazar.
The #MASKUARY campaign aims to raise awareness about the environmental pollution caused by the single-use plastic face mask disposals and the risk of contamination and infection it creates. The launch of the #Maskuary Campaign art shows will take place at 2021 London Climate Action Week with the support of the CUHK Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change. These art shows will also be a part of TIIKM’s Fine Art & Humanities Conference that will take place on September 21-22, 2021, which has a theme of “Health in the Arts and Humanities.”
GUARDING NATURE – MASKUARY BY FATMA KADIR
Parallelly, with considerable success, I have been exhibiting my art in art shows around the World. All paintings in these exhibitions have been selected in:
- United Nations World Unity Art Contest
- United Nations Global Goals Art Contest
- Tired Earth #Maskuary Campaign
How has this year been so far, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?
We are in the midst of the global Coronavirus pandemic with people dying and businesses failing all over the world. Needless to say, I have not been immune to the general challenging environment. However, on the up-side, I have been channeling my energy positively into artistic expression.
So far this year my art shows have been exhibited at:
- The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change Hong Kong;
- 7th Session of Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development;
- 7th Asian Pacific Adaptation Forum;
- 2021 EU Africa Business Forum;
- 2021 World Wetlands Water and Oceans;
- 2021 Earthday.Org;
- 2021 World Migratory Bird Day;
- 2021 The Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week;
- 2021 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought;
- Give to Corona Art Show, Pinelo Art Gallery;
- 2021 London Climate Action Week;
- 2021 Fine Arts and Humanities Conference TIIKM
What do you hope to express in your “Guarding Nature – Maskuary” digital art exhibition?
With this exhibition, I want to raise awareness toward plastic pollution stemming from the pandemic and its impact on nature.
What are your plans for the future?
In good health, I hope to continue making climate change themed artwork and exhibit them at the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference COP15 and UN Climate Change Conference COP26.
Please tell our readers how they can find out more about you and your work.