Gina Iacob is a twenty five year old self-taught Romanian artist, who likes to experiment with different techniques and styles. She’s also interesting, interested, inspiring, inspired, and quite funny. Don’t believe me? Check this interview out.
1. Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to become an artist?
Was never really a certain point in my life. I think, as cheesy as it sounds, that I was in a sort of way born as one, since I don’t really have any memory of me not being into art. So let’s just say I had the makings of a little confused artist within, from the very beginning.
2. What is your daily routine when working?
I put on some good music, pet my dog, sharpen my pencils, have some chocolate or biscuits and then I take a short trip into my mind to find some new ideas worthy of being tried on paper. Okay, maybe sometimes the trip is longer. But hey, good things come for those who wait.
3. You experiment a lot with technique. What is the end-goal?
The end-goal is just finding myself, I guess. I know it takes time until you get there, as an artist, but I am in no hurry. I experiment with plenty of techniques because I need to discover and understand who I really am. And that, oh well, that will take a while.
4. What inspires you?
Almost everything. It could be a walk in the park, a stranger passing by, a good song, a stormy rain, a music video, a book, an emotion or a certain type of cookie. I believe that, as a general rule, inspiration comes to us from absolutely everything because our minds make strange connections which is an amazing thing. We just have to look closely around us, because it’s always there.
5. What artist, past or present, would you most like to meet?
I would be deeply enthusiastic and covered with great emotion if I had the chance of meeting Vincent van Gogh.
6. How would you define beauty? Is your aim to create it or replicate it?
My aim is not to create beauty nor replicate it, but to find it and cherish it. To define it would only mean to spoil it with words and limit its possibilities. I find beauty in a lot of things. In places, in buildings, in streets, in music, in rain, in the immensity of the sky. And most of all, in humans. Everything is beautiful to me as long as it has the power of shaking my soul from the routine and make it tremble with emotion.
7. How has this digital age changed the way you work/interact with your audience?
Well it somehow “forces” you into keeping up, you know. I always had that kind of dream about myself being that 17th century type of girl, painting some Renaissance bodies in a corner of a room lighted by nothing but a candle, receiving letters at my window. But those times are gone and now here I am, making all that Instagram posts and stories kind of thing. And even though this digital era was never my cup of tea, surely helps with keeping connected with audience at a very high level.
8. Do you have a favorite painting?
9. Vision or technique?
10. To inspire or to be inspired?
To inspire is, I think, my biggest wish.
11. Hard work or talent?
A very serious amount of work plus a very little amount of talent.
12. What advice would you give to a young artist following in your steps?
To keep searching for their true selves and never give up on creating even at their worst times.To always remember the words “work” and “patience”.
13. A lot of aspiring artists give up because of criticism. How do you deal with it?
Criticism hurts a little for each one of us, that is something we must all agree with. Depends on how it’s done, I guess. People nowadays tend to do no more constructive and helpful criticism, but rather turn it into artsy know-it-all speeches, full of meanness, mostly. I believe this is the reason why some artists quit. I, for one, deal with it using chocolate. But it hurts. But I cry eating chocolate.
14. What would you do if you weren’t an artist?
Cannot think of anything right now. Maybe a professional dog petter or a bad-ass pirate?
15. What do you wish you knew about art before you got started?
That eventually it will make you cut your nails very short.