Be Water, My Friend. Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. Be water my friend.”
Women are, of course, stunning enigmatic creatures who enhance the beauty of all things that encompasses them. If you have an ongoing passionate relationship with natural forces and all the scenic constituents, you ought to be fascinated by the aesthetically beautiful artworks in Ayla El-Moussa’s collection.
A rambunctious child with boundless energy found herself outside a lot, tending to the animals, chopping wood, and clearing the pastures. It was in those moments that her love affair with nature began. Ayla is highly inspired from nature, music and women and the ocean plays the most important element.
Working through photography and film, Ayla splices her mythical imagination to create a spectacular realm in which she can transport the viewer into the perpetual future and bring us back to the simple wonders of nature.
The Queen of Waves describes herself as an exotic brew of a photographer, model, and videographer. She believes that you must be a balance of all that you love rather than being glued to a specific being.
Ayla el-Moussa, who has been enthralled with vintage Italian cars since the age of 16, was very fortunate to have parents who raised them in nature on a biodynamic farm on Canada’s western coast. Her parents were both Waldorf teachers, so she was immersed in art, mythology, and music from the time she could crawl. That is what fascinated her to advance a career as an artist.
The past is gone, the future is nonexistent, and all we have now is the present, believes the Queen of Waves. To pause and appreciate what is in the present moment is to live. Infinite Hourglass is Ayla’s ode to the endless hourglass of existence and time, as well as a reminder to simply live.
SuperRare has also acknowledged Ayla El-Moussa’s efforts and artistic creations by including her in their Women’s Day initiative, which will not only celebrate but will also highlight, empower, and introduce a number of female-identifying artists who are contributing to the growing community.
Ayla entered the incredible world of NFTs and Web 3 in 2021. Ayla El-Moussa began her SuperRare journey with a Playboy collaboration, which inspired her to end 2021 with something a little coy. She created 1991, an elegant reflection on the previous year as well as a tribute to the past three decades.
Ayla proudly states, “1991 was my birth year, and I share it with the era that gave us what we now call Web 1.”
Talking about the “Ayla x Playboy” Collaboration, it really was the one that got eyes on Moussa’s work and the 0xSociety piece “Sands of Time” brought attention to her style and was even acquired by a very notable collector.
Ayla hearkening back on her experience as an NFT artist says “Uhf, I’ve had a good time on this ride so far. It’s been fascinating to see how previous efforts have manifested themselves in the present and to watch hard work pay off almost in real-time.”
Her father’s introduction of photography pushed her further into realities gleaned from the enthralling fantasies in her head. So, in the middle of nowhere, with no social media to find models to shoot with, Ayla became her own muse and gave the world of NFT’s a very aesthetic, edgy, sexy but also transcendent and meditative Art piece.
Overpowered by her desire to create something exquisite, The Genesis Series, shot in the dunes of Death Valley, was Ayla El-Moussa’s first naked self portrait. “This desolate and grave land of extremes was the ideal setting for my spatial sonnet. The duality and alignment of water and land are inextricably linked to female power and strength. Two magnificent forces that symbolize the ebb and flow of space and time” remarks Ayla.
Furthermore, this style became a distinguishing feature of Ayla’s work. A timeless female naked in nature evoking the inkling that we are all a part of nature and that nature is a part of us.
Bodyscape III, one of the first moving works of art released in 2017, is timeless in its relevance and it amplifies the source of female power. This piece has received over 2 million views across a number of prominent Instagram art pages.
“A significant proportion of all sales from the Genesis Series and other NFT art pieces go to the incredible Oceanic Society,” the artist says. Since 1986, the Oceanic Society has strived to change ocean health and strengthen the bond between people and nature.
Her tempestuous love and dedication for mother nature is absolutely incredible and traverses beyond artworks too. A True inspiration indeed, for all those who resonate with Ayla!!
Ayla was greatly influenced by history, art and places. She had been exposed to great mythologies and stories since she was a child. The inspiration of places, history, and art is evident in everything she ends up creating.
Ayla’s art recreates nature’s intricate and awe-inspiring mathematical beauty. The queen of waves created Sacred Geometry after being inspired by The Triangle, a shape that appears repeatedly and is arguably one of the most symbolic and sacred.
“Sacred Geometry II is an amalgamation of research I’ve been diving into primarily the principles of framing, relief sculpture, painting master palettes, and symbology,” the artist explains.
Ayla’s progression in 2021 was not as rocky and complicated as it had been since she decided to pursue art for the rest of her life. Ayla EL-Moussa presented the first volume of her Artists Catalog as a token of her appreciation. The catalog is a collection of all of her works as well as a gift for all 2021 1:1 collectors.
The pandemic did bring to light the hidden talents of people all over the world. Aside from art and photography, Ayla also experimented with other paths. During the early days of the pandemic, she was relaxing and decided to do a poll every Sunday exploring the taboos of sex, life, fetish, desire and everything in between to remove the stigma and prudishness associated with discussing sex and sexuality!
Excitingly, the poll was received so well that Ayla El-Moussa scripted her first coffee table book set THE LITTLE BOOK OF SEX QUESTIONS two years later.
In an exclusive talk with The Crypto Times, Ayla recalls looking into the idea of blockchaining her work in 2018. But she wasn’t a “Dev” at the time and had no expertise in the blockchain network. So it wasn’t until 2020 that she learned about ETH, Opensea, Clubhouse, and the glorious future of NFTs. But, in essence, she had always known that her artworks would be seen and valued in the digital realm.
You believe your art to be a visual philosophy. Would you please throw some light on the ideology?
What’s ironic is that I am really trying to reclaim the idea that we humans are part of nature and that we need to really love and appreciate that symbiotic relationship and balance. We as a species do not own nature but rather need to live in tandem with her and also stop destroying the conditions and environment of this beautiful planet we call Home. Essentially we are destroying our conditions to live and thrive on this earth. The irony is that I am doing this via digital art and a blockchain that does somewhat consume us and remove us from going outside.
History and places have inspired you and the work altogether. Would you tell us Any instance that has left a lasting impression on your life/personality?
I really have to thank my parents and family. I was introduced to great mythologies and stories when I was young. I seriously used to ride my horse pretending to be Arwin from LOTR escaping the Wraths in that one scene from Fellowship of the Ring (I had a cape and everything). But I would say a big big impression was my art history teacher in high school Mr. Maclean, who was such an eccentric and passionate teacher who taught history, art and stories in such a beautiful way that it really was imprinted on me.
How much do you think NFT has changed the Art Industry? What do you think the NFT future Holds?
NFT Art has absolutely changed and is currently changing the art industry. It has brought this resurgence of autonomy to the artist and also brought down the barriers of gatekeepers. In terms of the future, I think we aren’t even able to comprehend the immense impact NFT’s hold but like everything in history—the movement and innovation always begins with the artists.
Your art has a lot of elements relating to water. What’s the purpose behind it?
Again this relates to my “Visual Philosophy” but there are really a lot of elements that play into my use of water. It started actually from the quote Bruce Lee said “Be Water, My Friend. Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. Be water my friend.”
It is what triggered this style of exploration in 2015, that “deep dive” if you will, led me to realize that our bodies and planet are quite literally made up of 70/75% water. We need water in order to survive but also the idea of mentally flowing with life both physically and emotionally.
The concept behind Force Of Nature is that we all possess the same natural forces, and all we need to do is clear our minds and connect with the source to reach our full potential.
The tricky part is believing in yourself and also finding the right people to help execute the vision. How did you come to the terms and what message would you like to share with your fellow human beings?
I think just continuing to explore this planet we all live on…discovering more about myself and what I find important as I grow older. Also truly realizing we all live in this relatively small area in which the conditions are just right for our survival and I think that just made me realize no matter who,what or where we are….we literally are all the same. We cannot survive in space, nor underwater so …put things into perspective a little bit I think.