To be honest, I never thought I’d be making collages when I was doing my master’s degree. I began making them after graduation due to my interest in sculptures and paintings. I was making them because I enjoyed it and never thought that there’d be a financial return. People liked them very much because I take a critical look at the past and the present, and it became a huge hit on Instagram.
I don’t find it hard to make new things. All I need is a keyword like smart phone, addiction, peace, violence, gossip, etc. After that, I look for 3 paintings that I can work with. I always make three different works with the same subject.
One of the advantages of living in Italy is that my interest in art increased. I started photo-manipulating in Italy so if I weren’t here, I wouldn’t become this popular so quickly.
There are certain things I follow online. I definitely read Top Tweets. I go through current issues to see if there’s something I can use. I also keep track of what’s going on in fashion. The IKEA bag frenzy began when a brand released a similar-looking bag with a more expensive price tag. At first, I didn’t like it but when people started making clothes, shoes and accessories, I couldn’t help myself.
As a person, yes. But it’s never the kind that hurts people. I can be very serious or childlike depending on the situation. I like criticizing but I do it not with words but with my works. I try to raise awareness in a way that doesn’t hurt the other party.
Though I criticize it a lot, I think I’m a social media addict. And I kind of have to be because I share my works on social media. I believe it has both positive and negative effects. It can become a beacon of hope for people in need, or a new platform for talented people to promote themselves.
I used to share them on Tumblr but when people started downloading and sharing them online, I decide to share them only on Instagram.
I think it creates positive results – artists and brands alike – when brands decide to collaborate with talented people. Compared to 10 years earlier, TV commercials are replaced by social media advertisements. I believe that one of the best ways to attract people’s attention is an advertisement campaign that is intertwined with art. Before my collaboration with Artxdesign & Nike, I was one of the 11 artists involved in the advertisement campaign by Gucci. In short, many brands involve artistic elements in their designs and advertisements.
I don’t think I would because I’m motivated by people’s positive feedback on social media. If no one liked it, I wouldn’t be doing this now.