Anil Aydin on Capturing Movement on a Canvas

We had a chat with Turkish artist Anil Aydin about movement-inspired art and the joy of big breakfasts.

The girlcrush of the week goes to Anil Aydin, a New-York-based Turkish artist.

Hey Anil. Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I was born in Istanbul but now live in New York because of my interest in art and fashion. I actually just got my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Fashion Institute of Technology. After that I worked at Proenza Schouler Design Team, and recently I designed prints for Helmut Lang’s Spring’15 collection. Apart from that I am also making ambient & experimental music.

What inspires you?

My main inspiration is movement. That’s why I study the unstoppable movement which we call time. My practice intertwines the borders between painting, texture & print design, video art, photography and motion.

How do you usually work?

I usually start with a painting as a base. Then I start overdoing my work by taking a specific element from it and turn it into a print. Sometimes print it again and then paint on it again, or I take a photograph, which is part of a movement, and then deform it and paint on it and create another texture. So the work constantly changes and another work is created by this deformation.

For example, the ‘Fetus’ series developed from the theme and it’s first painting. After that I started to experiment and play around on it’s deformation. For this serious I used acrylic because it helped me to create lively textures as if it feels like they still continue their movement.

At what age did you start being interested in art and especially the art of movement?

Since I was a kid, I’ve always been fascinated by the power of music. I believe we have music within ourselves, and all actions we are making are musical, and all actions are directed by an inner motion. Everything is changing constantly, so I wanted to express the movement within me by the help of different canals. At the age of 11 I started to take solfege lessons and continued making music since then. Then I was interested in color, which to me is another type of a language of life, like music.

What do you do to keep your ideas fresh?

I just continue creating, not being afraid, and listening to myself. Anything I create would be a fresh idea because it is my own interpretation of how i see and take life. I am not saying it would be good, but it would be new no matter what, because it is a reflection of my inner self. I believe anyone can be an artist because we all have our own languages, we just need to be brave and discover ourselves.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to continue painting, making music and being in search of different aspects of movement. I want to watch myself changing, taste new fruits, discover new sounds… There is a lot to discover out there, so I’ll just try to keep up with and express my experiences as much as I can.

What kind of breakfast person are you?

I prefer and love big breakfasts. I love having a little bit of everything in my breakfast: eggs, meat, fruits, desserts, coffee, juices, etc. And I love a big breakfast crowd, like friends & family. But you know, it’s not always possible to have a big breakfast, so a piece of a fruit or just coffee would do ok as well, even for the start of a hectic day.

What do you think about Girl Power?

Girl Power reminds me of Kathleen Hanna’s punk zine, and when she says ‘Girls to the front’ at stage. I am always fascinated by the riot grrrl movement, and listened to that type of music a lot when I was growing up. I am happy to see all these women who are aware of the power inside of them, but still humankind has a lot to improve on this subject. Maybe I am too optimistic but I still choose to be hopeful to wake up one day to a world purified from sexism.


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