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Being Shurooq


One can hardly be faulted for calling Dr. Shurooq Amin a determined go-getter. A slew of educational degrees and awards are proof of her talent and perseverance. She holds the distinction of being the only Kuwaiti delegate at the bi-annual Gulf Arts and Cultural Leaders Conference set in Doha, Qatar. Her recent work ‘Society Girlz’, sold for $ 28,000 at the inaugural Middle East Auction of Contemporary Arab and Iranian Art by JAMM, co-founded by Lulu Al-Sabah. The event was held in Al Corniche, Kuwait with auctioneers from Phillips de Pury of London. Here, Dr. Shurooq articulates on her inspirations, trials and triumphs.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from within, and it is triggered by two factors: either a dream, or an external force. It’s usually something I see or hear or experience.
Who would you count as your influences in the fields of art, culture and literature?
There is no particular person or book. I am an avid reader and I travel constantly, watch the news and good cinema, interact with people, and pay attention to the changes in the sky. I observe life, nature, people, politics and art and take heed of the wisdom of master philosophers and spiritualists. All this ultimately influences me.