In Conversation with Tuğçe Evirgen
Is there any recurring theme/question in your practice?
Early on the emergence of Western philosophy, starting with the notion of which left itself to another catastrophic alienation of “self”, capitalism, led a human being to become alienated form ‘self’. We started to define the self as our thoughts and the external things around us, let the mind itself to be the biggest obstacle standing between ourselves and the awareness, causing us to move away from the ‘being’. When thoughts excessively intervene in our minds, most of us are somewhat got captivated by the illusional cycle of ‘overthinking bubble’ that is made of pointless assumptions.
Lines are the basis of your illustrations. What ideas are you exploring in your works through lines?
In my works, I question this overthinking bubble considering its effects on human psychology. As a symbol of this questioning, I use lines that are tangled with each other. These works, which I started to gather under the series called ‘Lines in Minds’, are progressing to a more comprehensive area by observing the details more clearly with my regular meditation practice that I continue doing.
Can you explain your art practice in 3 words?
Symbolic, internal, subtle
Who’s your inspiration as a designer?
Currently, you’re living in San Francisco, how does it affect your art practice? Can you talk a bit about art world in San Francisco?
I started working as designer at a contemporary art gallery in San Francisco called /(slash) Art Gallery from the very first day it opened to public. Since then and also my husband completing his fine art practice at an art school in San Francisco, I started to become much more involved in the art scene here then before.
As San Francisco being a small city, there are sufficient number of art collectives and art galleries being active with exhibitions, talks, workshops in which create an extensive dialog in between. Being directly in contact with artists and curators at /(slash) of course made an impact on reading works and on my own way of looking and expressing to my own art.
Which cities have you lived before? How did it affect your creative process?
At the age of 4, I moved to Turkey from USA with my family. After having lived and studied in Istanbul for years, I moved to San Francisco to start my master’s education in 2015. At the times that I was by myself, I noticed that I channeled some of the feelings I had felt such as becoming distant from the loved ones, old habits and the changes that occur through this life-altering episode of my life.
Do you have a motto in life?
We have to embrace the negativity in the same way we embrace positivity. Every interaction, every experience and their teachings are valuable assets despite their outcome.
Do you collect any objects as an artist?
I used to keep and collect every concert ticket I had been in, until the novelty wore off due to the emergence of online tickets. I used to keep every concert ticket excitedly as I found their memories quite precious.
Can you talk about your upcoming projects? What’s next for you?
Currently, I’m working on making album cover designs for two different musicians and a music band. Besides these projects, there’s an ongoing project that I work with my husband, creating visual identity design for the New Jersey based Jazz musician; Irwin Hall. The project will continue with different Jazz musicians. I feel so excited and grateful for these upcoming projects!
In what ways do your projects relate to music?
Music has always played a big role in my life starting out as an adventure of recommending new artists and songs in our close circle of friends at high school. In time, it extended out to every moment of my life. I used to regard the CDs, music compilations that are made by the music guru friend of mine, as treasures. As most of my friends turned out to be successful musicians and band members, I’ve been able to look from a wider perspective in music.
On my free time, I started looking for online platforms to make in-depth research of musicians and music bands. As sound having a significant role in motion graphics, this personal research/enjoyment and my job met on a common ground. I’ve been able to create projects combining my practice to my passion to music. This led me to establish my role in music industry.
You studied Visual Effects & Animation at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. How important was this experience reorienting your life?
My aim of heading towards animation was to create for music videos that is combined with a unique concept/narrative and visual richness through animation. The lack of visual richness that I noticed in the local music videos in Turkey, I felt the need to participate in new projects in this field. I still consider to participate in music video projects in future. In addition to this, creating title sequences as a main part of my dissertation project and for personal projects, has become another passion of mine. Merging visual effects with motion graphics as my master’s studies, enabled me to follow my passion projects.