In the studio with Gergő Szinyova. Words by Noémi Martini
Yes exactly, the black paintings have been a step away from those colour works I have made previously. I spent that year (2017) with black paint (oil, enamel, Chinese ink, airbrush paint, acrylic). For me, this period was about slowing down. Using only one colour is
like a metaphor of focused attention and a way of meditation. By the end of 2017, I already had the idea of the technique I’m still using, which is combining what I call ‘dead colours’ (pale, meat colours in pastel tones) with vivid ones.
Technically the risograph and silkscreen techniques are my absolute visual reference. Quite often I get this question and every time I compare my technique to a simple card trick. It is easy, but if I would tell the process, maybe it would not be as interesting anymore. At the same time, I think the technique is only one component. A personal one. It is a result of all those years that I spent experimenting with various tools and paints. The process of making these layers is also part of a metaphor. It is not the essence of my work.
I have several inspirations. In my current series, I am focusing more on the human existence and everyday life from different aspects. Péter Popper was one of my most significant influences in the past few years (psychologist, clinical child psychologist, psychotherapist, professor, writer). His way of thinking and living is really inspiring for me. It is also a childhood memory. When I was 5 my father gave me his own pencils and crayons that he bought when he was a teenager. I remember that day vividly and it lasts since then.
It is still a playground and I hope it will remain such in the future as well. Luckily, I am not a politician, activist or a heart surgeon, so it is enough to be responsible only for my life. I am a serious character, but I guess it is wiser to hold on to the part of our personality that is able to play freely with joy and ease.
There are many, it is hard to say just a few of them. I guess it sounds odd, but the simple and honest ones inspire me the most. I am not so tolerant with pretentious artworks.
Yes, in the last few years I started to use more symbolic and narrative shapes that have several meanings. The basis of these elements come from daily life, news, banal things or oftentimes from personal experiences. The ones you mentioned I started to use like specific words in a poem. Recently the curtain became this symbol. As an object, as a decoration, as something that is functional or something that isn’t.
The ability to make my life more logical, slower and easier. At the same time focusing on important and great people around me, avoiding things that I have no control over. Being fair with myself and with others. This way of thinking is absolutely true for my artistic practice as well. To live a simple and at the same time meaningful, correct life filled with joy and quality moments. I constantly work on these to make it real.
We are still in the era of Covid-19 pandemic, but since the beginning, I am constantly working on new paintings. I have no gallery outside of Hungary. It means I am absolutely not exotic anywhere else. For the international art world and art market it is totally unexotic to be a local human. I am not radical, not vegan, not gay, never attend protests = nothing special. International curators are not interested in Hungarian artists in general. The next group show I’ll be part of, will be here again, in Budapest.
To make drawings, paintings is instinctual for me. I believe every human environment can be inspirational.