We talked to researcher and artist Cevdet Mehmet Kösemen about his art journey.
How do you define yourself and how did you start your art journey?
How did you enter the world of biology, evolution, dinosaurs and reptiles? How did your curiosity begin?
What place do trends, myths and stories like symbolism and surrealism have in the contemporary world for you?
I think unrealistic but fact-based depictions such as symbolism and surrealism are very important today. Because, thanks to photography, the mission of the painting to be realistic has been taken to a lower level. But if people want to scratch their curiosity, surreal painting or symbolic painting is very effective today. In fact, I think it says one of the most important things that the art of painting can say.
"For a surreal painting to be good, the person who made it must produce it with an incessant perversion and curiosity."
Symbols should not be forced. I think the forced symbol doesn't work very well. You don't have to send a message anyway. Because at the end of the day, a good artist is evaluated completely for his works.What the symbols might be is then seen. But we can't figure it out while doing it.
How do you connect the past, present and future? What are your thoughts on life and time?
"I personally think that time is already over. We only see it from one direction."
I think that's a good thing too. Because the things we do are never forgotten. This is my personal and somewhat mystical way of looking at the world. The past, the future, and the present are things one should contemplate personally. Things to look at honestly.