Interview - Birdy Tg
Birdy, you have been an artist and photographer for a long time!
I think I got my first camera around 6 years old. I remember it was a Kodak Instamatic. From then to now, I have not stopped taking, then making, pictures Although I started when I was young, I was defin-itely not a kind of Mozart of Photography; but I enjoyed it a lot. I am terribly exigent with myself, so I am not sure I ever found a photo I did which was really satisfactory as art before 20 years of practice.
Your first "fine art" was not photography, or even "visual" art.
My first approach into the artistic world, and first act of storytelling, was music - composition of sound and texts - concept albums, including long musical suites related to a single story or a global concept, using classical, ethnic, and electronic instruments mixed together with voices. I have always loved the kind of retreat provided by the darkness of recording studios, the blessed silence that prevails there, so conducive to the meditation necessary to receive and channel creative energy. Even today, whether it is to write or create visual art, I like to work in a dark atmosphere whenever possible.
Soon I began to match music and words with painting, sculpture, and photography, with each discipline adding strength to the others.
About ten years ago, I felt the urge to write longer texts, novels and philosophical essays I love to write, literature gives you time, adds some extra time to the time, and the precision of writing gives freedom to the visual aspect of the work. With the longer form, I began to add more allegory to my visual art. There is now more space to dream and more time to be lost in the heartsick insanities of my romanticism.
So, you are both a writer and a visual artist, but you are also an academically-trained Doctor of Science.
The same impulse that led me to story-telling led to my school and academic career. I was fortunate to be able to carry out long studies, beginning in Literature and Fine Arts. When I earned the Doctor of Science degree, it was in no way a change of direction, but, rather, a continuity. I absolutely do not believe the disciplines are antagonistic; I think they are complementary and useful to one another. The very best way to identify, reflect, and react to a problem is to acquire maximum multi-factual knowledge through a multidirectional approach. But I also believe that real personal culture only begins after graduation. Besides, so many wonderful artists have never studied, but have become masters in their field!
I am an inveterate, inquiring mind and perpetual learner. I read and observe as much as I can. All that touches the human being and influences his destiny obsesses me: History, Geography, Geopolitics, Sciences, Philosophy, Literature, Music - but also Psychology, Sociology, Religion, great myths and legends, esotericism, and, of course, art and culture. But I also enjoy observing and sharing all the tiny insignificant or subordinate things, those little anecdotes, those small things that make up an everyday life ... They often reveal much more than what is contained in the most complicated principles or theories. They allow me to stay vigilant to the world surrounding me and maybe also to be more positively reactive to the others.
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