Fashion illustration meets body art in Randa Haddadin’s work
Haddadin’s Instagram biography reads: “Part-time Architect / Astronaut.” It’s curious for someone whose art is so personal. âThe part-time astronaut,â explains the artist, âis more of a metaphor for the worlds in which I travel through my imagination, like an astronaut. The very idea of ââwhat’s going on beyond our planet fascinates me too, so maybe it is wishful thinking for what I might become in my next life!
As far back as she can remember, Haddadin has drawn and scribbled on herself. She first shared her efforts online in 2006 and was encouraged to keep going. The idea of ââthe permanence of art, summed up in the sentence Ars longa, vita brevis, is not what motivates Haddadin. On the contrary, she finds freedom knowing that her works are ephemeral, intended to be washed in the shower. âIt allows me to focus only on the creative process itself; the lines, the feel of the pens on my skin at that point, without having to worry about the design later, keep it or sell it, like ordinary works of art, âshe explains. âThe comfort of this ephemeral leaves me plenty of room to create without worry. The only thing I do to keep a memory of this piece of art is take a photo and share it with others.
Some of Haddadin’s estimated 162,000 followers are so enthusiastic that some have tattooed his designs on their skin; others try to recreate his creations in a less permanent way. The artist works with a non-toxic ink pen, body paint, and different types of makeup, materials she believes are gentle on the skin.
Haddadin cites Santiago Calatrava as one of his favorite architects, and there is a certain correspondence between the lacy geometry of his line and the lightness of his soaring structures. Not a fanciful, she defines herself as a “moody and emotional artist” who creates “light but intense work.” I’d like to think that makes you smile and think every now and then, âshe says.