Hab of the Week: Eleni Yosef
Interviewed by Dagem Lemma
Name: Eleni Anteneh
Hometown: Addis Ababa
Describe your hustle/brand: I’m really passionate about art, in every form really. It doesn’t have to represent anything in particular, but I like to express art through paintings. That’s my first love. When I was in elementary school, our art teacher was a very inspirational person. He told us stories of ancient Christian Orthodox Church paintings and motivated me to join the art club in the school. I was obviously really bad at painting at first, but I ended up barely making it in the club. We used to go the art studio on lunch break hours and just draw. Growing up I simply practiced, even the little things. Like I used to sketch in every single piece of paper I came across. It could be a picture of an eye or some patterns, but I enjoyed the growth and the practice itself.
It was when I moved to the United States back in 2013 that I started to get into photography. I liked how you can hold on to a moment, cease it, and keep it as long as you desire through photographs. Although it’s not my “first love”, I am captured by its artistry.
Most of my paintings/sketches depict generally the beauty of women and their different life aspects: sad women, pregnant women, happy women, strong women. I’m the type of artist that brings to you and shows you how beautiful or mysterious something might or can be—beauty is my message, what I try to get across through my pieces.
Some of your influences: Well, my first influence, and probably the most important one, would be my former art teacher. He’s the one that introduced me to the world of art itself, and guided me to better at it. Beauty would be the other one. I see something beautiful and I want to take a picture of it or paint it; sheer beauty draws me like no other. Art itself is my inspiration, and a strong influence in doing what I do.
What can we expect from you in the near future? I have an upcoming project that I’m preparing to start: a series of paintings of the legs of women from different journeys of life. I haven’t decided how I’m going to showcase it, but I hope I’ll be able to. Once again, I aim to show beauty through this; I want to be able to bring to my audience, however small it may be, a realization and admiration of unique beauty, and I hope my audience appreciates that.
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