"I think in life, no matter what you do, you have to do something for your soul too, you have to be a creator too, not just a destroyer and consumer. I knew I had a voice that couldn't be expressed in words. So in the end I feel that art is what makes me...me."
What's your earliest art memory?
The two earliest memories of art that I have is one where I was staring at someone reconditioning church paintings. The other is when in kindergarten, we had to draw "HORA" which is a Romanian traditional dance in winch people dance in a circle holding hands and spinning. I remember the other kids laughing of my drawing. In the perspective I drew it, you could see people both from the back and from the front as they were dancing. I drew the heads, of does facing us with our backs in black, as it was hair. They all laughed because they thought I just made their heads black spots. The teacher had my back though.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT ART?
I think in life, no matter what you do, you have to do something for your soul too, you have to be a creator too, not just a destroyer and consumer. I knew I had a voice that couldn't be expressed in words. So in the end I feel that art is what makes me...me.
Tell us about your art, WHY DID YOU CHOOSE COLLAGES AS YOUR MEDIUM?
I've done a lot of arts and crafts over the years, but nothing clicked as collage did. I started doing collaging by mistake. I was into book binding at the time and was making and selling planners. I wanted to make one for myself and wanted a nice cover artwork. I didn't want to take something from another artist so I tried making my own. Inspired by the music of Tame Impala and Still Corners, the art of Frank Moth I started making my own. The first one I made I think is still one of my best. The response from this one piece was better than anything else I've ever done so I did more. I felt the click and a great sense of happiness, I'm not sure how to describe it, but I've felt that this is it, this it what I needed to do. I like how easy it is, I love that I don't have to concentrate on the technique but on the message I want to put out. The best part about it is that my message isn't always what everyone sees, and a lot of people interpret my artwork based on their emotions and experiences. I love the space and universe, the idea of how small and insignificant one is in the grand scheme of things. I incorporate my own emotions and feelings into this.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR PROCESS IN BUILDING A WORK?
I either have an idea and try to find the right imagery to suit it, or I browse and something just hits me. I don\t look for anything in particular, when I see it i know. Sometimes a sit on ideas for weeks, even months, until I find the right image.
WHO ARE SOME ARTISTS THAT YOU LOOK TO FOR INSPIRATION?
The biggest inspiration is of course, Salvador Dali. But I'm inspired by contemporary artists like Frank Moth and Aykut Aydogdu, the music of Tame Impala, Still Corners and Black Angels.
If you could HAVE A CHAT WITH ANY ARTIST DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
I would love to talk to Dali, but he wouldn't give two cents on me :)) I'd really love to talk to Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, a complete artist that I cannot decide if he's ahead of our time our born too late.
What would you like to accomplish with your art?
I want to inspire people to work hard on themselves and on their dreams. I want to provoke thoughts and stimulate ideas. On a personal level, I want art to liberate me, to free my thoughts and make me the best version of myself.
What was the last thing you saw that inspired you to create?
The last thing that inspired me I've actually heard not saw, and it was these lyrics: Climbing up this world\ Like a vine that would not die( Black Angels - Black isn't black). I haven't made any artwork inspired by this yet.