Interview: Aranka Székely
Luca Curci talks with Aranka Székely during the first edition of Barcelona Contemporary 2021 at Valid World Hall Gallery.
Dr Aranka Székely was born in 1966 in Transylvania, Romania. Having graduated from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, she relocated to Hungary. Aranka is a doctor by profession and an artist by her passion and creative mind. She currently runs her private medical practice in Alsózsolca and Miskolc, Hungary. As a self-taught artist, she tried her hand in different styles of painting from realistic to abstract using pastels, acrylic, and watercolours. Aranka’s colour palette is very vivid and at the same time very feminine. On the sheet of paper, the spots of colour create atmospheric vibrations and chromatic reflections given by pure and fresh colours. Aranka has participated in a lot of solo and group international exhibitions and has been awarded many times with international prizes. Her masterpieces are displayed in many art magazines and yearbooks. Art gives her a huge joy and helps her cope with everyday stress. Exhibitions: Hungary (2018,2019,2020,2021), Zagreb (2018), Rome (2019,2020,2021), Caldogno (2020), Firenze (2020,2021), Zürich (2020,2021), Milano (2021), Barcelona(2021).
Luca Curci – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
Aranka Székely – I have been interested in paintings and architecture since my childhood. I remember we had a 1000 page encyclopedia on art and I used to look at it, first just the pictures because I couldn’t read at that time. Later as an adult, I visited lots of art galleries and museums wherever I travelled. I was fascinated by the Picasso Museum in Antibes, and the Contemporary Art Museum in Nice, France at the beginning of the 90s. As a child, I got prizes for drawings and I tried my hand at different craft techniques. A few years ago I came across an online painting tutorial and started painting for joy. My children have grown up and have left my „nest”, so I realized that I have more than enough free time for creating. Since then, painting has been my life, my main activity for relaxation and creativity. It gives me great pleasure and helps reduce everyday stress. Colours are a significant impact on our everyday life. They influence our mood, emotions, and well-being. It depends on one’s personality which colours do they feel harmonious with and how do they affect us. Colours are used by psychologists and art therapists too as part of treatments for patients who suffer from mental illnesses. I have a few favourite colours which I use rather often with pleasure. Although sometimes a painting needs other colours I often realize that instinctively I use again my favourites ones. It depends on my mood too which colours I would use. If I am in a bad mood I rather not paint because I don’t want to use depressing colours or forms. I like listening to my favourite radio music station during painting. Music inspires me a lot and helps me stay awake at night when painting.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artwork?
AS – I think the most challenging part of creating is to find an original topic. A little bit is like everyday cooking: it’s harder to find out what to cook than to prepare it. So many themes are used and painted worldwide in every moment, that is very difficult to find something individual.
LC – What is your creative process like?
AS – The creative process begins with dreams or nights of plenty of imagination when I imagine every brushstroke of the next project. In this way is easier to do it practically. Many times paint presents for friends or relatives are made based on their wishes. It gives me a huge joy if they are happy with their artwork.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
AS – I have been impressed by the beauty of nature and the built environment as well. As a doctor I deal with people day by day, I am part of their happiness and sadness and I am interested in their problems. Naturally, I felt to paint figurative paintings and this technique demands special skills, so it’s a challenge and I like challenges. I tried my hand on abstract too, love playing with colours and shapes.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
AS – Yes, I agree with your vision of art and I am proud to be featured and to be part of it. Your venues are amazing, the presence on the internet is amazing too.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
AS – I participated with 3 artworks at BC Art Fair on 03-20 June 2021. The main topic of them was femininity and abstraction. The protagonist of „Fire-water woman” is a combination of fragility and strength, anxiety and security mixed. She is strong and weak at the same time and wants to be a delicate desiderated person to feel pampered and protected by the loved one. The title of „Seductive” was given by my friends on a social platform when I asked them for it. I got a lot of interesting, imaginative titles from „chicken-pox” to „Smile of a child” or „Seductive”. It was an exciting experiment to see how many feelings she can evoke. Creating ”On the wings of colours” was a carefree process being as a child again who plays with brushes and paints.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AS – Sure, it’s a great opportunity to be present as an exhibitor. Itsliquid Group has a huge platform on social media and websites so the events can be seen by thousands of visitors.