How and when did you get interested in art?  

I have always been creative and interested in different types of art. At least so far, I remember. I have had long breaks from being creative, for example most of the time I went to high school.  

After high school, I wanted to be an anthropologist. I have always been very curious on why and how people do things, human mentality and so on. I attended anthropology for one semester at Aarhus University, but then I started to miss thinking creatively in the things I did.  

I started at Kolding Design School the following year. I found out, they were able to give me both the chance to investigate people and to think creatively and so it all
started. I think the curiosity in people is visible in the art I do. 

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Who are your favourite artist? 

It is difficult to choose one artist – maybe Kasper Eistrup. I like the way he uses mixed media and how his paintings often show a lot of sentiment. I bought one of his lithographs as a celebration of my first job. CJ Hendry is also someone I enjoy to follow on social media. Her drawings are realistic, perfectionistic and often with a sense of thought behind. 

How would you describe your style?  

Maybe both detailed and minimalistic at the same time. My drawings are quite realistic, but often with little or no colours and with no background.  

What are your sources of inspiration?  

People, facial expressions and feelings. I love when art makes you smile, laugh or relate in some way.  

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How is the creation process for you? 

I find or take a picture of the subject I want to draw. Sometimes I make collages with different pictures, like a bird on top of the head of an angry man. Then I draw – sometimes in small scale with a ballpoint pen on paper and sometimes in large scale with markers on walls. On some of my ballpoint drawings, I add colours afterwards in Photoshop. 

What are your favourite materials to work with? 

For me it is important to be able to draw many details and different textures, so a thin tip on the pen compared to the canvas is preferred. I like ballpoint pens and markers, especially Posca markers, thick paper and walls that are not too rough. 

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Is Aarhus a good place to work as an artist?  

Yes, especially right now. I feel as though a lot is going on and people are prepared to make things happen even though it might be a bit out of the ordinary. 

Does Aarhus city affect and inspire you as an artist? 

Yes. Aarhus gives me the energy and the right pace for my work. It is both a quiet village and a pulsing big city at the same time. It is possible to find both peace and stimulation. The things I do are appreciated here and it is easy to find good spots for observing people for inspiration. 

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Mahalia Moens

Mahalia Moens

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