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Posted On: 8 December 2021 07:00 pm
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Qatari calligraffiti artist Fatma AlSharshani and her signature style

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Fatma AlSharshani is a calligraphy/calligraffiti artist whose strength lies in the Arabic calligraphy she so beautifully puts together on canvas and the walls around Qatar. She is part of JEDARIART, an annual Qatar Museums programme that adds vibrancy and meaning to the different places in the city. This programme brings together artists through murals with the goal to encourage the community to reflect on social, historical, and cultural issues.

This year Fatma travelled with JEDARIART to Portland, Oregon in the USA, and in partnership with the Portland Street Art Alliance painted a new mural she called 'The Never Ending' or 'Endless You' expressing infinity and continuity, on a building wall located at 636 SE 10th Ave.

The (ILQ) team brings you an exclusive Q&A with Fatma who apart from being a calligraphy artist and the owner of a company called 'Qaif Calligraphy' that provides calligraphy services in Qatar, is a Chemistry and Food Science graduate working with Total Energies in Doha.

1. How old were you when you started painting and how did it turn into your passion?

Fatma: Since I was young, I have had a deep liking for Arabic calligraphy. I have been always in love with the Arabic language and especially Arabic poetry. And, the more I learnt about it, the more deeply I fell in love with it and this is how it turned into my passion.

2. What is your favourite art medium?

Fatma: I use all types of art mediums. Paper and ink are my favourites.

3. What inspires your artwork?

Fatma: Poetry, nature and sometimes discussions.

4. How do you decide what you will paint next?

Fatma: It depends; sometimes I get offers (commissions) and sometimes, it's based on feelings or even world events.

5. Please tell us about your company Qaif Calligraphy?

Fatma: Qaif, which means 'how?' in Arabic, is a company I created that specialises in offering calligraphy services in Arabic, fine arts and conceptual arts.

6. What was your first mural with JEDARIART?

Qatari artist Fatma AlSharshani is transcending borders with 'the never ending' calligraffiti that's her signature
Screengrab from Ashghal Qatar's video

Fatma: I started out with JEDARIART last year in 2020. My first mural was called the 'Al Noor', which is at the Qatar Post Park.

7. How was the experience painting a mural in Portland? What did you paint?

Qatari artist Fatma AlSharshani is transcending borders with 'the never ending' calligraffiti that's her signature
Image credit: PDX Street

Fatma: I painted the “Endless You”. It is my favourite mural to date for the simple fact that it exposed the beauty of the Arabic language/calligraphy to a part of a world that is not very familiar with the language. I often get messaged to this date, on social media, by people tagging me saying how much they love my mural in Portland and how unique it is to them; it warms my heart every time.

8. What is your opinion about street art?

Fatma: You get to know the culture of the country from its street art.

9. What would you like to be remembered for?

Fatma: My artwork and its simplicity.

10. What do you consider to be your career highlight?

Fatma: Travelling to the US to represent the art scene of my country, Qatar is something that I am very proud of.

11. What’s the biggest factor that has helped you be successful?

Qatari artist Fatma AlSharshani is transcending borders with 'the never ending' calligraffiti that's her signature
Image credit: PDX Street

Fatma: I always stayed focused on my goals and target. It took me a lot of hard work to reach where I am today.

12. How do you handle your mistakes?

Fatma: We can’t avoid mistakes, but I learnt from them.

13. If you could start all over again, what would you do differently?

Fatma: I wouldn't change anything. I’ll do it all the same way.

14. What is one skill that should someone in your field have?

Fatma: Imagination.

15. Tell us something, no one or very few people know about you?

Fatma: I am a horse rider and I love home-cooked meals.

16. What do you like doing in your spare time?

Fatma: I like taking care of my plants, exploring new ways to draw, and going out with my close friends.

17. What is one message you would give people in Qatar, especially emerging artists?

Fatma: Believe in yourself and listen to others.

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    Sources: Qatar Museums; Qaif
    Cover image provided by Fatma AlSharshani

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