I am visual artist based in Istanbul/Turkey. My artwork is ranging from painting to drawing, installation and video..I was living and working in Istanbul. Just 8 days past I moved in Uk. It was quite long time (since 2010) that I was not living outside of Turkey. From the beginning this moving was exciting for me. Before coming here, almost three months, the process itself was an other story to tell about… But, this blog will document the process of my artworks and the adventure of this place, and what the opportunities of place gives me, how this impact on my creative thoughts, how impacts on my artworks as well.
All places I am moving to settle down,I am newcomer to that city, I am getting more questionable, more curious. After my Czech experience and then France, Just a week ago my England adventure has started. Personally, I like to move and live, experience the country and as an artist I found that this experience makes my art more productive.
After all, recently I learned and realized that place take a important role in my life, giving new breeze to me. Generally “place” is important concept I am turning around in my artworks as well.Well, lets see, how my work will improve in this place…
This blog will consist my experiences and my works in UK. Meanwhile, for those who are curious about my work, to explore my older works, here you are : www.cigdemmentesoglu.com
It appeared that I have chance to get and use a studio in University. I am here for two weeks, and I have at least opportunity to have a studio. I feel I am lucky one! :) This will be good start for UK experience. As artist I need a space. My own space where I can turn it into my place. My place to create, to think and visualize my thought. I believe that my satisfaction can be just completed in this way.At least try to complete… Because I believe that Artists who has feeling the frustration in every place she/he exist. Well, at least I feel like this!
When making a proposal came to the subject that changes your working environment, it creates more frustration. YOu need to be more clarify and, simply tell about “what you gonna do in that time” and what kind of benefits can occur out of this duration of working process.
This all is asking from artist nowadays. Artist creates project. Artist can find a place according to their proposal of project. But matter of fact that, this way changes also the way of working, changes of the process of artworks.
For me, as I try to find a good sight of this, and I found project based working way kind of challenge! that makes myself more concentrate on thoughts, clarify thoughts in front of me and helping to frame my ideas in to visual representation, even though personally and (as an artist), I’m tend to spontaneous, random and open to influences and impacts from the surroundings around me in my creative process.