As part of our emerging artists series, we feature Tunisia-based Mo Mezghani (aka Intrinsic). A graphic designer by profession, Mezghani talks to Brytehall about the steps he takes to create artworks with a decisive sense of narration and striking points of view.
Self-portrait by Mo Mezghani
Can you tell us what the NFT art scene is like in Tunisia?
I wouldn’t say there is an established NFT scene in Tunisia yet, but it’s certainly growing, some people are getting interested and trying out different approaches despite the absence of an actual infrastructure.
“I am generally someone who likes to create narration-based projects such as short stories and visual novels.” – Mo Mezghani
When we talk about infrastructure, we talk about accessibility to cryptocurrency and digital banking in general, which is unfortunately not that widespread yet in Tunisia also. It is noteworthy to mention that people still go to prison for using crypto on a wide scale.
Tunisia also lacks seminars and gatherings that concern NFTs. But when it comes to galleries, the only exception is Mono Gallery where I’m currently displaying my latest artwork; it’s an initiative made by Kenza Zouari (Tunisian curator and NFT pioneer) with the goal of communicating the concept of NFTs and making it familiar and also making networks between artists, Tunisians and foreigners.
What are you currently working on?
I am constantly trying to play with as many creative mediums as I can while developing an aesthetic that I would be happy to see becoming a structured signature that would define my personal touch. Meanwhile, like every other emerging artist, I work towards creating a sort of balance in my life between practical needs and the creative time window I get to discover and develop my vocations.
How long does it take to create each piece of art?
Depends on the art piece and its technical needs and my process through that; some take months, some take days, some are made within hours. But as I am generally someone who likes to create narration-based projects such as short stories and visual novels, basically anything that implies chaptering, this kind of work takes time to collect the experiences, grasp them and recycle them into a creation that explores different technical approaches.
NFTs have, in a way, democratised the art world. What have been your most significant discoveries in the space so far?
What I appreciate the most about NFTs is the direct aspect of it as it puts aside all needs for middlemen and third parties in the art market, but still a lot of challenges must be faced—specially the environmental ones and the sustainability issues that can be faced in case of future crypto recessions or crashes.
How would you describe your style of art?
Also a pretty difficult question to answer. But I once came up with a term to explain the style of a piece to someone, and the term was ‘ambient texture design’ as most of my artworks look to create a certain ambience through intensive work on texture. But still, I’m always into trying other things such as figurative artworks…