Interview: Inbal Kristin
Luca Curci talks with Inbal Kristin during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
A multidisciplinary artist born in Israel. She got a diploma in Media Design and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Humanities. Art is an integral part of her life. Since she can remember herself, art was a vocation for her, a way to express herself and to evoke her viewer’s emotion. She likes to combine different materials in her works and also to incorporate different mediums: photography, painting, and digital editing. Inbal has a wide range of works on various topics: landscape photography, street photography, animal photography, and abstract photography. However, the majority of her works are the mixture of media and digital art.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Inbal Kristin – I was exposed to art from a very young age. Art has always been an integral part of my life. As a child, I attended an art school. I always loved photography but I only started shooting with a camera two years ago. I have a diploma in media design and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and humanities.
LC – What are your thoughts while you photograph? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
IK – I almost never know what the work will look like in the end, I edit them on the computer until my eye “feels” that this is the way the work should look, that’s the feeling it wants to provoke. There are no special thoughts about what the final work will look like, the end result comes after a process of experimentation, wonder, and research. Everything I see, think, and experience has the potential to inspire my artistic creation.
LC – Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
IK – Music, nature and sports inspire me. I always feel the music I listen to goes along with the pictures I capture: I’ve always listened to music while taking pictures or editing my pictures, music produces strong emotional responses and helps me with my creative process. I like to walk in nature and in all my works there is always a mention of things from nature: plants, trees, flowers. I also like running and many of my ideas arise while running. As a runner, I have a particular appreciation for the sights and sounds, the light I see while running. It brings me closer to nature and creates a sort of flow. It’s as if running creates a new space where thoughts can appear.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
IK – I have a wide range of works on various topics: landscape photography, street photography, animal photography, and abstract photography. However, the majority of my works are a mixture of media and digital art. For me, the creation of an artwork is the reformation and transformation of pre-existing materials. I pay special attention to the colors, shapes, light and shadow, and nature textures. In my work, I often intermingle acrylic painting on canvas and add daily nature sources such as flowers, plants, beads, papers. After painting in acrylic on canvas and placing the various materials on it, I scan it and edit the image on a computer and if necessary, combine it with other photos I had taken. Sometimes paintings are combined with landscape photographs or body photographs.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme? Can you explain something about them?
IK – This work is part of a series I made called: “Body and Soul”. This work is a combination of a self-photography of my body + an acrylic painting on canvas and beads I glued on canvas. than digital edit in the computer. The final result is digital. Recently I started researching the subject of self-identity, the human body and I used my own self-study of my body. I believe that the works always reflect the mindset of the artist. When I made this series of works, I was during a self-exploration of my identity, my feelings If you look closely, the human body is made up of many shapes and curves that can correspond with nature. And of course, the soul is also involved in the work process. I like researching shapes and textures of materials, it can be materials from nature or materials that exist in everyone’s home. I always edit everything on the computer to convey the feeling I want and change colors or shapes in a way that seems most interesting to me.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
IK – I create works mainly by combining different art forms: painting, photography, and digital editing while adding various materials from nature and everyday life I consider art to be a gateway to discover meaning and find significance, to express oneself and one’s world outlook.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform? And would you suggest a collaboration with us?
IK – ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists, it allows good exposure. Yes, of course. A professional and courteous team under the management of a manager who really cares about every artist and does his best to give a stage to every artist.