Artist Statement

Artist Statement

The Dervish ceremony represents a mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to the “Perfect”. Turning towards the truth, he grows through love, deserts his ego, finds the truth and arrives to the “Perfect”.

When I paint, I trance just like a Turning Dervish during his ceremony. My hand holds the brush in affection and mixes the colours, like a holy dancer full of concentration. When I find the correct tones, it is time to let my brush to move on the canvas spontaneously, in order to find his way towards the mysterious world.

Dervishes wear long white clothes with black boots. When the music begins, they start turning under a colourful light torrent by reflecting all the colours of rainbow. For emphasising this effect, I use oil colours: They are softer, tender, richer and more sensitive, allowing me to express my feelings and character as they are. They also help me to find the correct tones, values and nuances of my subject. I also use a lavander turpentine, whose smell makes me much more concentrate on my work.

I have never chosen this subject, I found it inside of my body, who spread over all my spirit.

AND I BELIEVE; A PAINTING BEGINS, AS SOON AS IT FINISHES.


FIGEN BEGEN