NADIA GOHAR is wearing the Romy no.007. She is an artist living in Toronto, Canada.
What takes you to cloud 9?
A perfect uniform, purple wall to wall carpet, foil take-out swans, tahini & molasses combo, red brick, fawazeer Sherihan, summer smoke bush trees, the smell of mimosa flowers, hotel towel animals...
What would you embroider onto a pillow?
Maybe a bow or wheat.
Do you have a soundtrack to your life?
The only soundtrack I can listen to from start to finish on any given day is the Phantom Thread soundtrack.
Where do you find good design? ?
In older cities.
What should we be reading?
A friend recommended Etel Adnan’s newest book of poetry, "Shifting the Silence", so I’m reading that now and would also recommend it.
What are you wearing?
Haha sexy question.
What does your house smell like?
At the moment, chicken stock.
What does your house sound like?
The fridge making ice.
What did you have for breakfast?
I usually don’t eat in the morning...just coffee or tea, but recently I started eating eggs- which I’ve avoided all my life- so I had two boiled eggs for lunch.
What is your favourite candy?
I prefer chocolate or kettle corn.
The best arthouse film(s)?
The best is so hard to pick..some films I rewatched recently that were still just as incredible as the first time I saw them are: Felini’s Casanova, Last Year at Marienbad, Horse of Mud, and The Wind Will Carry Us.
What thoughts occupy you currently?
I’m thinking a lot about script writing. Over the last few years I’ve been really interested in making a film and the pandemic has allowed me time to explore things I have been putting off.
What was the first piece of cultural work that really mattered to you?
When I was a kid, my best friend Ahmed’s house was like a museum. His parents collected Egyptian modernist paintings and every inch of their house was covered in paintings, even his bedroom that we used to hang out in. That experience as a whole I think mattered to me..being among so much work. There was one painting in particular by Mahmoud Said that always stood out to me. It was in the living room and sometimes we sat under it. There was always something mysterious about the woman in the portrait, and we often discussed who we thought she was. "La Femme Aux Boucles D'or.” It is a portrait of a woman posing in front of what I’m guessing is the Nile and Cairo’s cityscape by night. She had bright hazel eyes, thin, raised eyebrows, and tight blonde locks that reminded me of when you run the blade from a pair of scissors through ribbon to make it coil for a gift wrap or a bouquet of flowers.
What do you still wish to learn?
I sometimes wish I could go back to school for archaeology.
What is your favourite representation of simplicity?
What is your favourite representation of complexity?