Common Mwananchi series being a concept of exploring the relationship between man and his surrounding by use of imaginative surreal concepts, what inspired this idea?
“Common Mwananchi series” is inspired by the similarities and differences between man/humans, animals, and their surroundings. It is also a combination of ideas from previous series which include Taa, Kiti, Ng’ombe, Birika, Jiko, and Nyumbani.
There are surrealistic effects evident in the artworks, from the subjects to the colors. What effect has it had on the mood or meaning of this series?
I use surreal concepts to visualize the original ideas of the series and also to improve the evolution and creativity as an artist.
So Kariuki, as a visual artist, conversant with mixed media, how can you describe the interaction and reception of mixed media artworks so far in your environment?
The reception has been positive.
Is there any quote/inspirational message that motivates you, you hold dearly, resonates with, or holds you accountable for the fulfillment of your creativity?
“Be the best at what you do.”
Artists work for many different reasons. The content of their artworks is also the product of many sources of inspiration. What are your biggest motivations?
Nature is my source of inspiration.
Coming up with solutions to problems isn’t easy. Also, even more, tasking to express those solutions as artworks. Artists have different opinions on what role their artworks play in society. What’s the role of an artist today in society?
Some of the roles of an artist today are to highlight and also educate society on the social, political, and other aspects of life.