I discovered the Belgian artist Tamar's Kasparian's work at The Sketchbook Project Tour in December 2012, I had to get in touch and check out more of her creations. The detail and creativity in Tamar's drawings are immense - the personality of the subject and the way she communicates her message is delightful! I invite you to get to know Tamar and her work too…
Can you share your earliest creative memory with us?
It’s a visual memory. A rainbow (seventies style and colours) that my father had painted on the wall of my first bedroom. Later, when I was 4 or 5, our parents allowed us to paint and draw on our bedroom’s walls and on the beds. I remember the feeling of pencil on the texture of wood.
I have always been drawing, so my creative memories are my life memories : the smell of the gouache to the nursery school, the first portraits that I made of my father, 2 friends at school who also liked drawing , the small drawings which I made in class to make people talk to me (I was very shy), the first ones comics that I read and copied...
Another funny souvenir is about being an artist. When I was 10 or 11, I decided that I’ll always draw and paint but that I’ll never be an artist because my grandmother had a boyfriend who was a painter. He was smoking and drinking coffee the all day long in front of a canvas, he was egocentric, always late in his work and sometimes so worried that he did not show up at his own exhibitions. I didn’t want to be like that … but finally I’m not so far from him as you can see it in my series “ Just Me, Myself and I” an “I’ll be your mirror”.
Can you tell us something about a current project that you’re working on/or just completed? (even sneak us a peek?)
I have been working a lot in 2012 for a group exhibition which took place in the South of France last summer. I created 2 artist books and an outdoor installation based on the link between roots, memories, books and old stones.
The installation : http://uzumakitk.prosite.com/34470/647426/gallery/lete-des-cabanons-installation
The books :
I would like to create more 3D artworks like these...
My next solo exhibition will be in September 2013 in Brussels at the gallery “Libre Choix”. I ‘m still a bit lost about what I’ll show but it’ll be about labyrinth.
Picture of my past solo exhibition
Another project I’m working on with a friend, is the launch of our own T-shirts brand UZUMAKiTK Our t-shirts are eco friendly and produced in ethical working environment . We wanted to create t-shirts with nice cuts and cool artworks on it.
Please like us on facebook , it’ll help us to convince shops to distribute the brand!
For me it’s a new challenge because it forces me to think more as an illustrator - or graphic designer. The work must be creative but also wearable and desirable, which is not the way I approach my paintings.
I also enjoy it because it allows me to develop a whole universe around the brand, the logo, the planet UZU, the UZUNIMALS, the UZUMEN, the UZUMAKIKAT...
Please could you describe a bit about your creative process.
Really simple : CHAOS ORDER CHAOS ORDER CHAOS
What 3 things from your creative box could you never live without?
just my pencil (4B) and my porte-mine 0.3mm( mechanical pencil in english ?
Could you share the last one or two websites/artists/events that inspire you?
Recently, I have been looking a lot at illustrative works .
I really like the style of Eric Petersen and I love the lines of Ella Nitters .
I learned a lot looking at Works in progress by Steve Simpson on Behance :
And I’m really impressed by the portraits of Mark Powell with biro pen
Finally – what 1 memorable thing did your mum always say to you when you were growing up?
Did you brush your teeth ?
Oh yes and a sentence in a song she sang for us before sleeping « tu regretteras le temps où tu n’étais qu’un enfant »
(You will regret the time when you were only a child)
Lets thank Tamar again for taking time out to tell us more about herself and her creativity!
If that's not enough to wet your appitite, pop over to Tamars Behnace portfolio: http://www.behance.net/uzumakiTK
*All images Copyright Tamar Kasparian