After a busy professional life as a social anthropologist and diplomat, moholinushk started to deeply explore a more creative part of her personality. Inspired by Japanese graphic, Islamic traditional design and by the Bauhaus, moholinushk’s work consists mainly of chalk, ink, watercolor and color pencil drawings. She experiments with abstract shapes, the circle being the central body. Some drawings reflect her realities; others play with the geometry of her visions.

Ring, halo, disk, wheel, closed curve,
sphere, globe

Since ancient times, the circle represents the eternal, the divine, the continuity, the eternity, the infinity. Magic circle!

The circle is easy to find everywhere in nature, a shape formed spontaneously to observe, to gather, to dance, to share common interest. Natural form!

The circle is the topographical form of the first human settlements. The walled city used the circular shape to organize its urban fabric. Circular structure as narrative of human settlement!

The circle is used in architecture, the arch, the rosette, the window and other decoration. Decorative element!

The circle is a symbol, a sign, appearing at different periods in art, in sciences, in scripts and is always present in the life cycle. Symbolic shape!

My purpose is to make visible this perfect shape I regularly encounter in the mundane life. Observing my immediate environment, looking at scenery, listening to a discussion or a comment, I experience circles surrounding me.

Finding sources of inspiration in Japanese graphic art and then in Islamic geometric patterns, I started to draw circles a long time ago, in a way, which was often unsatisfying. I dropped the idea of representing my inner world with circles.

After a year of intensive encounters with artists of the Bauhaus, after rediscovering the drawings and photographic essays of the artist Moholy-Nagy, I suddenly started to play with circles on paper. I could express with circles and other geometric forms, the world, as I perceive it, at the same time going over well-known representations of circles.

My creative research is at its beginning. All the drawings presented here have a title and as such correspond to my vision of an event, to a situation I experienced myself, or to my perception of a scenic context. These drawings are representations of my realities.

The themes are linked to the different contexts I live in; they are connected with repetitive activities, new places, rediscovered spots. The drawings don’t express feelings but small histories of my life.

Sometimes, the circles are not immediately obvious though I feel their presence. They then start to appear clearly a few days or nights later, and become obsessive until they rest on paper. They act like dream catchers.

Some drawings are made with ink, some others with pastel chalks, with aquarelles, or with color pencils and can be a mixture of different technics. The research for the perfect format, quality and color of the paper took quite a time. I started using different weights of paper, different background colors, strictly avoiding white paper. The usual format at the beginning was a rectangular shape. After many months of testing I discovered by pure hazard the square format, off-white (or black), relatively heavy with an interesting structure. This seems to be for the time being the ideal support.

The present album is a tentative to sharing with some friends a small part of my life. I am used to share my thoughts verbally and mainly orally. This is certainly the first time that I share my perceptions and visions through drawings.

Homage to the Japanese artist Toko Shinoda, who will celebrate her 103rd birthday this year and still continues to draw lines by hand, she gave me the courage to start very late to draw. Homage to the artist Lazlo Moholy-Nagy who valorized the circle, he indirectly shows me the way to discover the circle in drawings. 


moholinushk, 2016