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Goolam Saber

Multi-disciplinary visual artist

Meet 2020 Define American Artist Fellow Goolam Saber! Goolam is a multi-disciplinary visual artist from Johannesburg, South Africa, currently living in Phoenix, Arizona. ⁣His work acknowledges the past that shaped the present using ancient elements and combining them with contemporary practice.

Four images of art.

? What artists are inspiring you these days?⁣⁣
Stephan Sagmeister. Neri Oxman. Renzo Piano. Mathieu Lehanneur.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

? What’s a risk you’ve taken lately?⁣⁣
⁣Immigrating to the United States as a Muslim during the Trump presidency. Birthing a child during COVID-19. Making the conscious decision to pursue art as a sustainable career. ⁣⁣

⁣⁣ ? When you’re having a bad day, what do you do?⁣⁣
⁣I sit and ponder about the deep appreciation I have for this life and understand how futile my moods are in the bigger scheme of life. Alas, I don’t have bad days. I have days that require different methods of problem-solving. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

? What is your greatest extravagance?⁣⁣⁣⁣
⁣Making a secure living from my art practice whilst making meaningful differences.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

? What music artist do you have on repeat right now?⁣⁣⁣⁣
⁣The Weekend’s Blinding Lights⁣⁣⁣⁣ and Roddy Rich’s The Box ⁣⁣⁣. ⁣⁣

? What was the last book/movie you read/watched?⁣⁣
⁣Love Birds was actually kinda funny. ⁣⁣ Binged – Vida Binged – The Magicians Binged – Gentefied ⁣

? What’s a book you would recommend?⁣⁣
Design after dark by Cynthia Rose. The story of dancefloor style. Lettering large by Steven Helle. Art and design of monumental typography. The Mission, Dick Evans.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

? What’s your favorite color?⁣⁣
I have a few favorite colour combinations. Fern green tones complimented by natural wood grains. Neon pinks (hot pink) with subtle gray tones)⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

? What is something bringing you joy right now?⁣⁣
My Frenchie puppy, my pregnant wife and my abundant life and honestly this fellowship.⁣⁣

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? What advice do you have for young people who are pursuing an artistic practice?⁣⁣
Stick with it, especially when times are tough, and you see no reason to carry on that’s where the true teachings lie. I believe that’s where you find your strength.

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