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Sara Shamma
Syrian artist
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my work is the joy of exploration, I am driven to the white canvas with no planning or expectation about its future results. I don’t think much, I don’t do sketches or studies, I just get inspired (by music and by my relationship with the world within me and around me), and start painting…. Then I surprise myself by what my hands made.
If you could give one piece of advice to yourself at the start of your career what would it be?
I would say to myself: “Time is very limited, don’t think that you have time, it is never enough, use your time as useful (and creative) as you can”.
What is one act of kindness that you will remember forever?
I always think about my aunt Najah who was the most famous paediatrician in her town, Amioun, in Lebanon. She was generous, dedicated to her work and passionate about it, everybody loved her. She used to work for public sector and privately in her office underneath her house, and among her many charitable works, she founded a free hospital in her town, she used to treat most of her private patients for free.
During the last couple of years of her life she suffered from cancer, on a cold stormy night at 3am, a family of mother, father and an ill child knocked on her door asking for her help, she got up from her bed, opened the door, took the family down to her clinic, examined the child and treated him and gave them free medication and let them stay in her clinic till the morning.
What is your favourite quote?
“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean, in a drop.” Rumi (1207-1273)
If you could invite two people to dinner (dead or alive!) who would they be and why?
I would invite Bob Dylan, because his music inspired my work for 30 years, and I would like to share some thought sand enjoy a conversation with him.
Also I would invite Rembrandt, because I learned a lot from his work, and I have a huge curiosity about him, I would like to hear his voice and feel his presence.
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