Carmen Ahwach Interview
I am Carmen Ahwach, and I am an illustrator and graphic designer based in Beirut. I work on art that revolves around the concept of introspection, self-reflection and delving deeper into one’s own thoughts.
Can you describe your art style to me?
As someone who hasn’t yet delved into the very different aspects of art, I don’t yet consider myself to have a specific art style. I’m still in this phase where I’m trying out a lot of different mediums and approaches to my work. I do tend to include surrealist elements in most of my illustrations, and I usually work with a limited color palette.
Describe your creative process. How do you start a new piece?
I would describe it as spontaneous; once an image comes across my mind, I immediately draw it. I don’t tend to plan out an illustration.
What is it that inspires you the most?
Emotions, self-reflection, and the ego; I draw in order to gain a better understanding of both myself and those with whom I am surrounded. ‘Why do we behave a certain way, how do we cope with loneliness, how do we react during difficult situations, how to be comfortable in one’s own skin?’ These are the thoughts that tend to cross my mind, and that I plan on exploring through this art journey.
What does art mean to you?
My art is a reflection of myself. Art is how I vent, how I cope with my emotions, how I gain a better understanding of the world.
How do you see yourself in five years?
Plans never work out the way you would imagine them to unfold in the future. In whatever situation I happen to be in five years from now, I hope it’s one where I am constantly creating.