Interviewed and Translated by Elaine Yu
Young Romanian artist Alina Teodorescu was born in 1981, she has started showing her art work since 1998. She used to work on glass, canvases, wooden panel and has toured around Europe. She started working on iPad at 2011, and started showing and lecturing around the world since. Her works of art combine multi medias and artistic forms, to explore the conflicts and integration of multi cultures. Through her finger she illustrates her inner longing and questionings via tablet computer, presenting in the eyes of viewers.
ART.ZIP: How did you start?
AT: I first started to paint when I was a child. My father was an artist and we used to paint byzantine orthodox churches together in the area where I was born, in the Romanian mountains. I studied art, architecture and design in Romania, Italy and London. I used to be an international interior designer and I had my own studio where I worked on some projects related to art works and art creations. I have never stopped art creation and the pursuit of the true meaning of arts. A few years ago, I started scribbling and painting on iPad and I saw David Hockney’s art exhibition on iPad and he was the one who gave me the courage to start exhibiting the digital works I was already working on. Two years ago I started art creation on new media and canvas full time, as I found that I couldn’t stop.
AT: 我從很小的時候就開始畫畫了。我的父親是一位藝術家，因此我自幼便受到他的影響和熏陶，並一同在羅馬尼亞山峰一帶的拜占庭式教堂進行藝術創作。後來我在羅馬尼亞，意大利，倫敦進行藝術繪畫與建築方面的深造。我曾經是國際室內設計師，有自己的工作室也做過許多與藝術品有關的項目。我從未停止過藝術創作以及對藝術真諦的探索。幾年前, 我便開始採用ipad來創作作品，後來David Hockney展覽中展出的用ipad創作的繪畫，這激勵了我開始展出那些我用數碼手段創作的作品。兩年前我開始全身心投入到新媒體與架上繪畫方面的藝術創作。
ART.ZIP: Tell us about the way you use the iPad to create your art.
AT: I believe the materials and the techniques of an art are symbolic.
An artist has to choose the media according to properties that correspond to his rhythm. I am a dynamic person who gets ideas as flashes. The use of technology helps me capture them in every single moment, it helped me evolve faster and gave me freedom in moving and thinking.
A deep stylistic integrity can only come out of honesty and it doesn’t depend on the media you work with. A spontaneous hand move that is connected to my inner life makes me completely submit to the surface I work on and makes the works have similar impact whether they are done on the iPad screen or on canvas.
ART.ZIP: The location of your show in London was an unusual one. How did you decide to do it there?
AT: Playboy was an intriguing choice for the venue of my exhibition, because the works exhibited here validate the human body as a volume of intense interaction between good and bad, spirituality, frivolity, compromise and strengths, homogeneity vs individuality.
Park Lane is ideally situated to reflect my works giving kudos to my personal reflections on love, loss and isolation in a such an artificial world such as the world of money.
ART.ZIP: What is your work about?
AT: I work in series. The semi figurative works that I create possess incarnated life and they are highlights of a continuous observation process. I observe life and I react to its surprises. By blending canonic forms that express most deeply the universal spiritual needs of all humanity with symbols of frivolous life that we often consider as normal, I am trying to find my own definition of integrity.
As an interior designer I was trained in the art of compromising to keep clients happy. I gave up on that career to quit compromising in expressing my creativity. Art is supposed to be the most honest manifestation of the human being. I entered this world and I am discovering a profligate system that can be mostly penetrated through compromising. So I stopped verbally fighting the world. Now I paint to express feelings that I don’t have words for.
ART.ZIP: What are you working on next?
AT: My show in Park Lane will stay on till the end of July. I never know what is next. This is the beauty that inspires me to keep on working.
AT: 我在Park Lane的展覽將於7月底結束。我從來都不知道我下一個主題將是什麽。這便是藝術最讓我興奮的地方。