Meet Deanna Kamal, Creator of “Collosphaera”
Deanna Kamal is a recent Masters of Fine Arts Graduate from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. Her installation for the GlassCube@Hotel Indigo-Athens, entitled “Collosphaera”, is a lyrical interpretation of forms found in coral reefs featuring cascading curtains of laser cut polypropylene tied together in suspended conical spheres. Lit with color gels, this architectural environment is a hybrid of interior design and marine biology. Find out more about Deanna in this exclusive interview with Hotel Indigo-Athens blogger, Lauren Cleland.
Lauren Cleland (LC): Why are you an artist?
Deanna Kamal (DK): I do not consider myself an artist but I do like to explore various creative avenues. Art has given me an outlet to change the way I think when I am doing more technical design work. I think taking a more artful approach to design has allowed me to develop a system I am happy with that merges various concentrations and has the potential to create a greater impact than my design work alone.
LC: When did you first begin experimenting with art?
DK: I actually did not begin experimenting with art until the second year of my undergraduate program. Believe it or not, my childhood dream was to become a marine biologist. I met a friend in undergrad who was pursuing a degree in interior design, and I think I was just in the right place at the right time in my life. I was intrigued enough to ask questions; those questions quickly turned into actions, and before I knew it I was spending my weekends in the studio.
LC: What does your art mean to you?
DK: I think art and design, for me, have become avenues to positively impact someone’s life in a creative way. This could be as simple as momentarily bettering a person’s mood by creating a more appealing living and working environment. Collosphaera, my MFA thesis work, evolved from my research on nature’s potential to positively impact the way we live and design.
LC: What inspires you?
DK: I find inspiration in prints and patterns, specifically those derived from nature and especially those found beneath the ocean’s surface. I am equally inspired by people and how we successfully or unsuccessfully interact with our immediate surroundings. I enjoy learning from observation and further using this knowledge to improve a user’s experience within a given space.
LC: If you could describe your artwork in two words, what would they be?
DK: Meticulous & Evolving
LC: What other interests do you have?
DK: I enjoy traveling and learning from other cultures and individuals’ stories. I welcome the opportunity to take myself out of my comfort zone in order to better understand the needs or experiences of others. I find that these experiences drive me to simplify my life further and to change the way that I think and inevitably the way I design. My most recent adventure was to Mozambique where I was astounded by the level of resourcefulness and drive to reuse common materials that would oftentimes be discarded in the States.
I also enjoy listening to music and playing guitar, although not very well, and am a huge fan of ice hockey and most extreme sports.
LC: What advice would you give to an artist?
DK: My advice to another artist would be to not limit yourself. Allow yourself and your art to evolve, to grow and change and to not become intimidated by that change. If you are passionate about what you are doing and have the discipline to pursue that change you can merge various areas of art and design in order to create a field that is unique to your strengths and desires. And despite how cliché this may sound, don’t be afraid to fail because it is inevitable. These failed attempts may serve as the catalyst for some of your greatest works.
"Collosphaera" by Deanna Kamal is on display NOW in the GlassCube@Hotel Indigo-Athens.