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Happy New Year! The Neue team would like to take this opportunity to thank all our past #Neue9to5 interviewees and readers for their continued support.

For the very first Year 2020 edition of #Neue9to5, we’re kicking things off with Nadiah Suhaili (@nadiahsuhaili), a visual artist and art therapist. She’s one of the lovely talents I had the pleasure of meeting during a collaborative art show called “45/7: Alinea”.

Click on the photo to read Neue’s past article – “45/7: Where Art Comes To Life In Brunei”

Nadiah has always been interested and passionate in art.

It was something that she knew she needed to pursue. However, she admits that she has always felt the need to interact and work with people.

She graduated from UBD after pursuing art & creative technology and spent a year in the UK studying fine arts at Winchester School of Arts. She did her Masters in mental health but specialised in art therapy at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. 

I’m currently known as an artist … but I’m trying to be known as an art therapist,” she told Neue. “This is why I incorporate art as a form of helping others’ cognitive, emotional and physical wellbeing outside of being at artist.” 

Without further ado, let’s see how she tackles this week’s #Neue9to5 questions.

First 9 Questions:

1. Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

There are too many instances that have inspired me throughout but it was mostly being surrounded by a group of passionate artists back when I was in the UK. 

Being able to bounce off ideas with one another and to be physically surrounded by artworks and art resources helped feed into the inspiration needed for the creative process.

2. What do you dislike about the art world?

Art world is a very broad term because I’d like to think there are different art ‘subcultures’ or art scenes as you may say. 

There are the fine artists, the illustrators, the graphic designers, the animators and so on. Each of these “subcultures” have a world of their own with all types of individuals and genres that capture a different audience. 

There is NOTHING that I dislike about the art world because it is forever growing. However, it is getting harder now to become what you may call a “successful” artist because of the over saturation of artists out there. 

But what someone calls success may also be different from another and that’s another tangent I could go on about. 

3. Professionally, what’s your goal?

To hopefully become a renowned art therapist and an international artist.

4. Why did you start making art?

I’ve just never stopped drawing and painting since I was a kid. I’ve just managed to turn my hobby into a form of career. 

5. Describe your art in a few words.

I’ll give you a sentence – “Always experimenting, learning & conveying something.”6. What has been your proudest moment?

My proudest moment was when I ran my first art exhibition/workshop in conjunction with World Mental Health day alongside The Creative Core. It was called “Art works; Heartworks”

7. If you could go back in time, would you change anything?

I would NOT change anything if I could go back in time. Every mistake or missed opportunity is a learning experience.

8. What is the colour that speaks the most to you and why?

White because it’s like a blank canvas that I just can’t wait to get it dirty.

9. Define what happiness is to you?

Happiness to me is when you work hard for something you believe in or for a cause and seeing that pay off. It’s the most rewarding feeling ever!

Last 5 Questions: 

1. If you were in a circus, which performer would you be?

If i was in a circus I’d be part of the aerial acts.

2. Be any colour you want to be, what colour would you choose?

If I could be a colour I’d be green … like a plant.

3. What’s invisible that you wish people could see?

I wish people could see the molecules or compounds (not a chemist so I don’t know the right terms) so that we can see all the harm we’re doing to the earth.

For example, since the earth is getting hotter due to global warming, the excessive amount of CO2 or methane or other harmful things should be beaming red alerting us that we should tone everything down.

Click on the photo to read Neue’s past article – “How Games Can Educate Us About Global Warming”

4. Try to tell us a joke?

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What about a joke about paper? Never mind … It’s tear-ible.

5. If you were in a zombie apocalypse, what would be you weapon and would you survive?

My weapon of choice would be a parang. 

It chops down everything. 

But no I’d be one of the first to die.

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