We had the good fortune of connecting with Samiyyah Muhammad and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samiyyah, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I didn’t choose art as a career; it just sort of happened because I couldn’t focus on anything else. Creating makes me feel alive; it reminds me that I exist. My creations embody my spirit, mind, ideas, and emotions. It makes the things about me that would otherwise go unseen and unheard real, something tangible, something you can see, touch, hear and feel. I think of my art as living bodies of work that will live on when I am no longer here, breathing life into people that have the opportunity to experience it. I create to live.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think of my work as a bridge between two worlds, traveling between the physical and the spiritual. My paintings are immersive, and I intend to help viewers become more aware of their own emotions, fears, experiences, and trials, ultimately aiding in more self-awareness. I paint both what we see and what we don’t see, but rather what we feel. I draw from my own experiences, unveiling psychological and spiritual battles. I do a lot of shadow work in my art, revealing suppressed thoughts, emotions, and experiences in an attempt to face them head-on and move past them.
I contemplated giving up art so many times; it’s not an easy path to take, but for me creating is like breathing. For many artists that find success in this field, I think that’s how you have to feel about art. At the end of the day I never could stop creating. I learned that true success was just having the opportunity to create.
I want people to know that I create out of love. I want that love to be felt and received through my art.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, we would grab a drink from Sip and Sonder in Inglewood. I don’t drink much coffee, but I love their Chai Tea Latte. The ambiance is excellent; it’s a dope place to just sit and chat with a friend. Serving Spoon is a must for brunch; they never miss; everything is BOMB. I would also take them to Leimert park, there’s so many dope businesses and places to shop. I personally enjoy going to Nappily Naturals. They have a huge collection of herbs and natural beauty/skin products.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Mom encouraged me throughout my childhood to create. She was creative herself; she loved singing, dancing, writing, painting, and drawing. Creating was just something she did because she had to; it’s a part of her. She never pursued art as a career; it was just a truth she could not escape. Watching her fostered a creative spirit in me. When I was in elementary school, I got discouraged with my art. I didn’t say anything, but she could see the disappointment on my face. She then introduced me to artist like Basquiat to show me that I didn’t have to fit into a category to be a great artist. I probably wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for her believing in me and supporting me along my journey.