Featured Artist Yasmin Bseiso

Artsy Shark presents the fascinating portfolio of Yasmin Bseiso.  Born and raised in Amman, Jordan, she is a printmaker who loves experimenting with different art mediums and techniques. Visit her blog for more about Yasmin and her art, and check out her portfolio on Flickr.

I’m a Jordanian printmaker, born and raised in Amman, Jordan. My interest in the arts stems from my mother who has always been an amazing crafter, especially when it comes to drawing on stained glass. I always knew I wanted to make a living doing something creative and fun which is why I changed my major from marketing to printmaking.

The emotional, psychological and biological aspects of human beings have always influenced my artwork. For my graduation project, I came up with a concept that combined all three of those aspects.  In my project, I focused on the internal emotions of conflict and struggle and how these emotions affect a person externally. Usually when a person is sad, happy, or frustrated it’ll show on his or her facial expressions (it’s called microexpressions).. I was inspired to illustrate people’s feelings and mindset that was caused by the state of the world we live in. The recession, wars, natural disasters and diseases have left their marks on everyone (whether directly or indirectly).

I represented those emotions using abstract figures and portraits made up from symbols and patterns that I have abstracted from board games (Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Snakes and Ladders etc..). Board games represent a struggle or conflict between different forces/powers which mirrors the inner struggles and insecurities that we as human beings experience.

My newest series is less intense and was inspired by fashion and pop culture. I consider myself to be a very diverse artist when it comes to choosing what theme to work on or what medium to use. Apart from printmaking, I also enjoy making paper and book sculptures. My prints can be found in collections, galleries and museums in Jordan, Bulgaria and The United States.

What are your goals?

To inspire. Give back to the world. Be part of a museum’s collection. Earn my M.F.A

What are you working on now?

As far as printmaking goes, I am currently working on two different bodies of work. The first one is a homage and celebration of the ancient Jordanian tow, Al-Salt. The second revolves around  the theme of lost memories, empty spaces and DNA. I’m also co-organizing a community art project and attending a workshop on mould-making and casting.

What inspires you?

My family. Music. Bucket lists. Rain. Solitude. Astronomy. Traveling.


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