Sinem Arda is a wonderfully talented artist from Istanbul in her 20’s.
How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself INFJ type of person. Staying home is always the best option but these days it’s also a necessity. I have an insatiable hunger for learning new things and I like to challenge myself now and then. Sometimes this trait affects me negatively because it’s hard to concentrate just one thing at a time. I’m easily affected by the inequity and injustice.
How would you describe your art?
Art imitates life, so my illustrations usually point out the strange situations I’ve faced because of the society I’m in. These can be a little frustrating but in the meantime there are the reasons why people find my drawings so relatable. I love when they say that my work totally describe them. I like to add brief quotes in them and I usually expand it with captions to give the idea fully. This way I can interact with people who are very different yet have the same way of thinking.
How would you describe your field?
I don’t care much about labels. These days people seem to obsessed with them. I don’t stuck on definitions like an illustrator, designer or an artist. The best definition for me would be Professional Learner 🙂 All jokes aside creative people are really expressive and open to innovation. This makes it easier to connect with them. Everyone has a unique feature and values that they add to this field.
What do you want to say through your art?
The thing I want to say to the people, mostly the women is that they are not alone, someone in the World (me!) feels exactly the same. It was mentioned many times before or there’s no example of it, doesn’t matter. Maybe someone needs to hear that. I just want to express my feelings and my opinions through my art to make a statement essentially.
What / Who inspires you?
Definitely the country I live in and the people. I come from a country that the topics to be discussed never ends. Therefore the humor and puns of this country really feeds me up. I don’t think I’d ever be hard up for finding subject matter. Everything can be inspiring when you know how to observe really.
Does your work comment on your social or political issues?
Absolutely. They are part of the process and part of me so why should I hide them? I think that especially these subjects should be expressed through art. It’s important to listen to what artists will say.
What obstacles have you faced?
I can feel uninspired very quickly. Mental fatique can sometimes be more tiring than the physical one. I think this is one of the most encountered problems among creatives. Also the versatility I mentioned in the first question, sometimes works against me. I can’t show enough interest in a topic because of it.
What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?
Always keep on trying! Being good or bad at something is very subjective. I believe in the power of hardworking. There’s nothing you can’t improve after hours of trying. And you should always concentrate on your own work. Observe others but observe yourself first. What did you do well compared to yesterday? I don’t always start a drawing with an excellent mood but as I keep working on it, it comes out even better than I originally thought. You never know without trying.
On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?
I’ve always been supported even when I didn’t believe in myself fully. Thanks to this, I became more stable in the field of illustration. At the end of the day, you need to hear supportive comments from your audience to feel supported and that’s awesome!