Interview: Ersin Bactisa
Luca Curci talks with Ersin Bactisa during ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021, at Medina Art Gallery.
I’m a licensed architect and interior designer, with about 3 years of work experience in the field. I have interests in other fields as well: art and technology. I am currently developing a workflow through which I create digital paintings, I bring them into reality through museum quality canvas prints, and then I make augmented reality apps for phones, to add an extra layer of digital content over the physical painting. This way, I’m making these experiences interactive.
LUCA CURCI – What is art for you?
ERSIN BACTISA – For me, art means using a medium to render an idea, feelings, emotions, or thoughts. Art has the power of bringing people together. The most special moment for me is seeing someone stare at work, connecting with it intimately, seeing it with his/her filters. At that moment, the piece has accomplished its purpose.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
EB – I’m a licensed architect and interior designer, with about 3 years of experience in the field. Two years ago I had a bad car accident, resulting in spending much time in the hospital, and having multiple surgeries. I had a long break to analyze the direction of my life. I gave up architecture. One of my best friends advised me to apply for being exposed in galleries and so I started. Everything that happens to me influences my path: direct events or people that touch my universe.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
EB – I find my inspiration mostly in the thoughts that I have, people I meet, and books I read. My work, for now, is centred on human nature. The human is such a complex being. Human actions and feelings can be expressed in infinite ways.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
EB – I would say it’s liberating. There is so much stuff going on in the world. Art can be an escape to maintain a healthy balance in your mind. On the other hand, evolving as an artist nowadays is easier than ever before. There are lots of opportunities being listed on the internet. You can easily have access, you just need to show interest. Opportunities come.
LC – Did you change your style over the years? In which way?
EB – Yes. When I started drawing more seriously, about 15 years ago, I used to draw realistic portraits in pencil. After some time this got boring. I told to myself that there must be more to art than reproducing photos. I also made the transition to the digital medium and bought a drawing tablet. I didn’t like it at first. It took me some years to adjust my direction toward the metaphorical portraits that I draw today. At some point, this wasn’t enough anymore and having my background in programming, I started to experiment with software that allows me to make augmented reality apps that add an extra layer of digital content and ultimately the interaction with the painting. I don’t think this has been done before.
LC – What do you think about the concept of the festival? How did it inspire you?
EB – “Mixing identities” is what caught my attention. The hidden parts of our identities are a good description of the work that I’m doing. I think it brings people to a level of introspection that is easily avoided nowadays due to the number of distractions that we have in our lives: phones, social media, and advertising.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected to the festival’s theme?
EB – The artwork presented is called “Throat knot”. It’s about the feeling of tension that we have in our bodies when something bad is going to happen or has already happened. At the same time, this energy holds our broken pieces together. It makes us stronger and renders us fragile and strong at the same time. Reference to the Japanese kintsugi. All of this is hidden inside our minds. It’s a hidden part of our identity.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
EB – Yes, for sure. For me, it was an amazing experience. I met a few really great people and artists on an opening day. It was my first international exhibition. Being accepted has been a huge leap and I’m sure this will be the case for others as well.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
EB – Of course, the people that I communicated with were very helpful and answered my questions in no time.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
EB – It has a very clean design, everything about it is on point. I like the fact that it displays artists with different mediums and approaches to art.