Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Baya and I’m a 19-year-old model, poet and illustrator. Born and raised in Montreal, I learned to compliment my life with art. I like to bring watercolor to life and illustrate feelings through words. Sometimes, I’ll put both of these together to create one piece. I also use ink, acrylics and makeup to accompany some of my work.
What art form do you most identify with ?
It’s hard to answer that as someone that’s pretty multidisciplinary, but I’d say poetry. Although I believe each feeling and concept has its own preferable medium, poetry allows me to describe anything I want. From visuals to more complex ideas, the possibilities are kind of endless when I’m writing. I also feel more connected to poetry since it was the first way I was introduced to art in my life. I started pretty young, at a point where I didn’t even know that what I was writing was even called poetry. It’s safe to say that I’ve got a soft spot for it.
Where do you find your inspiration ?
I’d say that there are 3 major sources of inspiration for my work. The first one, as cliché as it sounds, would be personal situations. I like to go through my own feelings and peel each layer to extract every perspective. This also applies to other people’s feelings that I can come across. The second one is kind of odd, but it’s actually imagery that I see while I'm dreaming. The last one is music. I like to create a playlist for every piece I’m working on. Feelings aren’t so tangible, so using sounds and textures that you can find in music as inspiration helps alot with illustrating these concepts.
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What's the best piece of advice you've ever received ?
To enjoy the process as much as the result ! This can apply to art, but also anything else we build in life. I think it’s a good reminder to sometimes slow things down. It’s important to take our journey at our own most suitable pace.
What inspires you the most to create ?
Since I take a lot from surrealism and symbolism, the idea that I can alter reality through my art and even confuse whoever is seeing my pieces is quite fun to me. I like to think that what I create will push some people into contemplation. It’s that interactive nature of art that inspires me to create as much as I do.
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