For this issue, we got in touch with Tal, a visual artist from Israel. A photography afficionado, makeup artist and designer, she tries to mix all her skills up as she works.
If you had to describe what you do, to someone you’ve just met, what would you say?
I'm a visual artist and photographer. As part of my art, I create eye-art - miniature illustrations using the eye as the canvas.
How did you get this idea?
It has developed over time. I was always into art, makeup, design, and photography, and I've always tried to find the best way to mix all these passions together. Using the eye as a canvas for illustrations and art was a great solution, since I've always believed that makeup is a form of art.
Describe a day in your work life.
What's interesting about my life is that I have no routine; each day is very different from one another. Sometimes it's photo-shoots, sometimes meetings, or workshops, sometimes creating a new pattern.
Describe an ideal day in your work life.
A day where I create something new with a lot of passion about it, and have a lot of creative freedom.
What would the last line of your autobiography be?
I would close it by a quote by George Elliot I really like: "it’s never too late to become what you could have been". I made a lot of changes in my life, some of them were risky or not so easy, but as an artistic soul I'm always trying to find the things that I'm most passionate about and that are the most fulfilling, so I think this quote will fit as the last line of my autobiography.
Which one of your own works has influenced you the most?
It’s really hard for me to choose just one. But if I have to choose, my own work that has influenced me the most is the anti-bullying eye-art.
I created it because I wanted to raise awareness regarding bullying, and I was really happy with the result, since it turned out quite powerful I believe. I've got so many comments and private messages from people who told me that this piece made them cry, and they feel so touched by it, so I was proud of myself, and I was very influenced by the fact that this form of art can be so powerful and was inspired to use it for other important social matters.
Which of someone else’s works has influenced you the most, and why?
I appreciate so many artists, from these days and from art history, and I was inspired by many of them. But I think I will choose something a bit different- classic Disney animators. As a young child I used to learn how to draw from Disney movies, I used to watch movies on VCR and then freeze the photo and copy the character to a paper. So I was really influenced by it as a very young artist and I believe it impacts me till this day.
What are you currently working on/ what are you releasing, next?
I have so many ideas I want to create; all I need to find is enough time!
What, according to you, is more important- the idea, or its execution/presentation?
Totally both! In the makeup world, I see a lot of makeup artists who have great technique, but they don't create anything original and just recreate other artist's ideas. No matter how good their technique is, I just can't appreciate them as an artist, because I think original ideas are a part of being an artist, and it's very important. I will appreciate much more an artist with awesome original ideas even if the execution is not the best. Actually these days I have a workshop that teaches makeup artist how to be more creative, how to develop an idea, and so on.
Are you involved in something other than this? Tell us about it?
I work as a photographer, so I have some photography projects. Also, I'm working on another line of merchandize of my eye-art.
If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?
I would use it to engrave some nice words or a smiley to the pizza box, maybe it will make the costumers smile... and tip me more ;)
How do you balance you personal and professional lives?
They are very balanced, since my professional life is very part of my personal life and vice versa.
If you were a box of cereal, what would you be?
Captain Crunch peanut butter.
What would your three sentences in the game ‘Two truths and a lie’ be?
- I have a serious phobia of large, long legged mosquitoes.
- I have a huge collection of hourglasses from all around the world.
- I live in the desert.
What’s your least favorite thing about yourself?
Not optimistic enough.
With regard to what you’re pursuing, do you have a story for your grandchildren?
Not yet, I hope I will have more adventures in life to tell them when I'm old enough.
What has been your best experience while interacting with people who respect your work?
I can't choose only one... usually I'm just having a great experience by talking with people from all around the world who appreciate my work, and that's very fulfilling. It’s nice to know that so many people from different countries know who I am and what I do.
Do you believe in the butterfly effect? Do you think you’re making a difference to the world?
I do believe in the butterfly effect, and I hope that the difference I'm making a difference and that it's for the better.