Ediorials - Interview with DELIA ORMAN
Interview made by DanaARTGallery and Bogdan
Teodorescu, the curator of the gallery:
Bogdan Teodorescu: When did you first hear the
Delia Orman: I don’t know exactly when I first
heard the word art, but I remember it took shape only in the first years of
high school, and of course, the meaning of the word transforms in my mind even
B.T.: Why did you choose art? Could you give it
up and under what conditions?
D.O.: I didn’t choose art, I had some talent and I
followed a road to discover what I was supposed to do, I don’t think I could
give up art, as it would mean wiping away about half my life and this seems
impossible to me now.
B.T.: Could you explain in a few words to someone
(outside the field) what is the importance of art?
D.O.: I think art is important in the measure in
which it opens up your mind and helps you explore areas of the self that are
less accessible normally, a creative endeavor practiced honestly, that can bring
forth a series of useful elements in the usual life experience, and this is for
everyone, no matter the interior structure or profession.
B.T.: What does the term “original” mean to you?
D.O.: Relating to my own experience that is
reduced, more or less, to the field of plastic art, original means something
that was born of what I have honestly lived and that manages to transmit
exactly what I wanted, as in the moment I tried to represent an experience, I was
totally present in each gesture of the creative endeavor.
B.T.: Do you think
originality is necessarily linked to the new work environments (technique)?
D.O.: I don’t think originality itself has a
connection with the way of expression. I think originality is a quality of intelligence
and it can use any mean / context to express itself.
B.T.: Given the fairly large number of art fairs, galleries, projects, do you believe that art has died or is it in a
period of effervescence?
D.O.: I think art will never die, but the “artist’s”
fight with art, in which he or she wounds it for its own good, has become an
interesting spectacle for the masses.
B.T.: What do you think is the place and role of contemporary Romanian art in the
international artistic landscape? Where do you place your own creation?
Right now, Romanian art represents in the international art market a document
for a sociologic study, it’s interesting to see how the art of a people evolves
after the communist period. I can’t really place myself anywhere, because I don’t
do this to fit somewhere, I leave the art critics to cut the art in styles and
B.T.: What do you think you could change in the relation of the public from
Romania with Romanian contemporary art?
D.O.: First of all, it would be important that
openings be, practically, debates, and each work to have a “leaflet”, I think the
works suffer from complacency,
not willing to reveal itself and it bets only on the visual impact, they might
as well be exposed at home.
B.T.: Where do you see yourself from a creation point of view in 5 years, in 10
I think, that first of all, creation is born only in an acute living of the
present moment, I can think from a creation point of view only in the now.
B.T.: Who are the artists that have influenced you?
D.O.: Many, from Michelangelo, Da Vinci, to
Cezanne, Van Gogh, Hunderwasser, Cy Twombly etc.
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