Cinzah Seekayem is a freelance Artist/ Illustrator/ Professional Mess Maker. He works in a diverse practice which ranges from creating large scale public mural installations through to fine art based Gallery shows and Illustration.
What’s happening in the world of Cinzah Merkens at present?
A few projects on the go, working on a number of commercial illustration jobs, working towards another solo exhibition, and a couple of little group shows here and in Oz. Making a giant 3d installation for a bar exhibition/clubnight event, painting a few murals, looking forward to being a dad second time around, and right now... drinking my third coffee for the day to get through this list.
Describe the most generous person you know. How have they influenced you?
l'd probably have to say my Grandma. She's always been extremely supportive of all of her grandchildren, no matter what their up to, even if she has know idea what the hell it is we are doing.
She's one of those lovely ladies that when growing up, for xmas, instead of the usual 10 bucks in a tacky card, would give you a xmas card letting you know you were sponsoring a kid in Africa, or just bought a village a water well, or a family a goat. I've learnt a lot from her warmth and compassion towards loved ones and complete strangers alike.
Can you name an everyday action that makes the world a better place, yet is underrated?
Making art. It enriches an environment, adds joy and pleasure to the otherwise mundane. It's meditative and therapeutic, can create an income and makes you think.
Can you tell us three things that inspire you and why?
- Community, small groups of people doing what they love for the sake of it, going out and just getting stuff done rather than waiting for things to come to you. My community within the arts circle provide constant support, feedback, and criticism (whether thats good or bad).
- And a good cup of coffee.