Where do I begin when talking about Hasani?! I met Hasani back in 2012 when I first started at SCAD. At the time, I was his academic adviser. He was one of the first students that I met. In comes this young, mild-mannered, soft soften guy with dreads. He opened his mouth and I heard the accent and when he told me he was from St. Thomas, I just instantly knew I would like him! It has been such a pleasure to watch him grow into the young man he is today. He first started off as an illustration major. He reminded me the other day of how he came to change his major to painting. He came to see me one day and expressed his interest in painting and he was a little hesitant about what to do. I told him to just take the painting class and see how things go and then we will take it from there. Well, he took that class and fell in love! Hasani hasn't put down the paint brush since! What I love most about his work is the color, he is so intentional with his color. I had the best time chatting with Hasani about his work and I can't wait to see what else the future hold for him. He has an awesome project happening this week so check out a little more about Hasani!
Making art comes natural for me. It’s like my second language. The more I create the more fluent I become in speaking this language.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR STYLE OF WORK?
It’s very difficult for me to put my work into a stylistic category. Mainly because my work changes constantly and also because there are so many ideas that I want to explore. Maybe one day I’ll be able to look back and say “my work fits in this category” but for now I just focus on doing what feels right.
WHO/ WHAT INSPIRES YOU AS A CREATIVE?
I’m inspired by basically everything. Recently, I’ve been inspired by Jazz and Hip Hop. Also, the way people interpret religious texts and themes have always been pretty interesting to me. I love watching 90’s pro wrestling so that has been an influence on my work as well.
photo credit: Valheria Rocha
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT ATL?
I love how easy it is to get to know everyone. During my time here I have gained so many new family members.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
I would describe my style similarly to how I would describe myself; comfortable, confident and laid-back.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PIECE IN YOUR WARDROBE?
I love any piece that has paint splattered. That makes me feel at home. My “Lost in the Mood” shirt is also a favorite. It is a piece of exclusive memorabilia from the collection that Nigel Xavier and I created.
IS THERE A MESSAGE YOU WANT TO CONVEY IN YOUR WORK?
Sometimes messages get in the way of the work so I try not to think about them too much. However, as an artist it is important for me to always create work from a real place. I believe that the audience is able to gauge sincerity. I look for that in other artists’ work so I assume that others do as well.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING PROJECT?
I have a few projects in the works. I will be participating in a “work-week performance” with Amanda Grae Platner entitled, “Biparisan”. We will live and work in a gallery space for 5 consecutive days. We will paint with one another for 16 hours a day while being completely silent. We will take turns choosing materials for each other as we work towards creating a successful piece. I am also excited about preparing for my solo exhibition later on this year.