KINDAH KHALIDY - artist, surface designer
While Monterey Bay's Kindah Khalidy might be soft-spoken in person, her art is anything but: colors and shapes swirl together, existing so freely that every individual has a different perception of her work. A studio visit only reaffirms the the beautiful chaos of her art, with both the floors and ceilings of her San Francisco atelier looking like extensions of her work. Kindah spreads her talent far beyond just painting, so definitely pay attention to her instagram to follow the breadth of her pursuits.
1. Who are you?
Hi I'm Kindah! I'm a 26 year-old artist and designer currently working out of San Francisco, California.
2. Describe your medium & process for your art.
I'm interested in how I can attack a surface. Everything is a blank canvas, whether it's clothing, wallpaper, gift wrap, or a giant wall. I address these different surfaces as they're presented, and try to make them as unique as possible in my own style. I got into surface design after not being able to find weird/funny/hand painted/colorful enough fabrics and clothes and have been running with it ever since.
3. How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
Through a lot of trial and error, I found what I really enjoy doing. I've changed career routes many times so far, but finally found a multidisciplinary one that I'm sticking with. I run my own business which let's me tap into all creative areas that I love - mixing colors, prop design, fashion, photo, etc... I also design patterns for other companies.
I'm most influenced by color combinations in the city. I take those concepts and translate them into coexisting forms that sit within a plane. Lots of shapes on a plane. That's what fuels me to paint everyday. I have to keep adding to this ongoing series until I run out of ideas. I've been playing with this concept for the last 6 years and feel like it's only just begun.
4. What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
I love when my work makes viewers laugh, or even confused. I don't title most of my work so that it's more open for interpretation. It's become the most fun activity for me, making art. If I'm not in the studio for a few days I get irritable, sleepy, and or bored so I have to work a lot.
It's tricky knowing when to back off and call a piece finished. I prefer not to talk about unfinished work, so the ongoing challenge is developing this abstracted vocabulary and then deciding when the message is complete and ready to be viewed by the public - but that's what I signed up for. Working as an artist nowadays there are a lot of opportunities to show your work, and it's tough to find a balance of exposing your work in new ways (especially with the internet) without losing the magic.
5. What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
I would really like to do some public art pieces. Creating work that is accessible for many people to view without being charged would be the dream. I'm going to keep painting and making fabrics, until I have to move into a bigger work space. That's the fun part - having to upgrade because you're busting at the seams.