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Being a Woman Artist-Sumru Sekban

 Untitled Document Interview: Michèle Tengizman

Could you tell me about yourself?
I studied elementary and junior high school in Ankara Koleji, and finished high school in a private school in İstanbul. Then I graduated from "Devlet Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi" (State Fine Arts Academy) where I majored in sculpture. Several years later I did an art management master as a guest student in a University in
İstanbul. My interests are painting, decoration, reading, writing, literature, cooking, cars and driving, travelling and seeing new places, meeting new people, psychology and books on that subject, etc.

When did your passion for art begin and what is your education on that?
My passion for art began when I was a child when my curiosity started about the esthetic characteristics of the houses I visited, decoration and little details. It continued during my school years as started to draw, and going to the "Guzel Sanatlar Akademi" (Academy of Fine Arts) was always my goal. At the end I finished that school and became a sculptress, but my passion for decoration and painting continued to grow. I did some amateur work. Then I got married and I only engaged in arts as a pleasure.

Why painting and poetry, why is the connection between the two?
Painting is one of my passions; poetry is my passion when I am not able to paint. The two of them are not dependent.

Are you interested in other fields of art?
Literature and decoration are two of my other interest. I read and write a lot. My first book is about to be finished.

How do you write your poems? When and why?
I write my poems when I feel love and sadness. There are always dedicated to someone; time is indefinite. Sometimes I wake up with the lines on the tip of my tongue and I continue to write right away. Sometimes a word I hear or a music I hear makes an association.

What sort of painting do you work on?
I work expressionist-realist combined together. Some of my paintings carry some abstract flavor.

Which subject gives you more inspiration or attracts your attention, Do you repeat yourself?
The most important subject that attracts my attention is love, then the sea and its depth, and sadness. Sometimes I repeat myself because love too repeats itself.

What material do you use?
I use pieces of paper in my collages, watercolors and oil paint in my paintings. I do my oil painting using a spatula and my hands.

Being a woman artist.... what kind of difficulties do you face?
In Turkey I guess all of the artist face difficulties. My greatest handicap was to be away from the art practice for long years.

What did art gained to your life? You were a housewife for many years...
I chose to be a wife and mother. This choice ensured me to stay away from art for long years. Later, when I started again, I was proud of myself, I regained my talent and I loved myself again.

Have you held an exhibition before?
I held two exhibitions; one in Istanbul and one in Ankara.

Your projects?
My biggest project - my wish actually -, to be a famous and liked painter, and that the book that I wrote get printed.


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