Reem Al-Wakeal is a Toronto based multidisciplinary creative of Egyptian and Lebanese descent. She works with different mediums including video, photography, design and occasionally artist multiples. Her works explore themes of nature and identity such as culture and religion. As an emerging artist, she continues to explore different topics and mediums of work through research. Reem has had her work featured in ARTSIDEOUT, Gallery 1265, in/progress Magazine, the Annual Juried Art Exhibition the Annual ACM Studio Art Exhibition at the University of Toronto, Beaver Hall Gallery and Trinity Square.
Why did you get involved in this project?
I got involved in this project because I was really interested in creating a collaborative project with others and seeing the outcome without brainstorming or coming up with a theme collectively.
Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?
The one week turn-around helped because it allowed me to contribute to the project without overthinking about how I am going to execute my ideas. Having a limited time to contribute to the project allowed me to edit the video based on how I felt in the moment.
How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?
I thought it was a great experience. It allowed me to create based on what I wanted to do. I was given a quote and footage and was asked to edit the video based on how I interpreted the quote. It gave me the freedom to do what I pleased. It was also very exciting to see everyone’s perspective of the project and how each individual interpreted the project in their own way.
Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?
Yes, this project has showed me that sometimes, it’s good to just create. Thinking too much of the execution can hinder the process of creating and can cause setbacks. This project was a reminder to myself to continue doing what I love to do which is to express myself through art.