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Feryel Atek 

3.08.1993 PARIS 

 

I am a self-taught painter. The main origin of my vocation is perhaps the fact that I grew up in an artistic  background in Paris where art was something natural, not pushed.

 I wanted to own my progress by following my individual  movement. I was learning through my environment, my observations, willing to build an aesthetic that  was my own.

 I have “berber” Amazigh roots, an ancient folk from North Africa, this aspect of my personal history has influenced my work in many ways. The apparition of the myth and symbols of the “Holy Feminine”, and strong female Character in my paintings might come from those stories I ve been told in my childhood about Tuareg fighting queens.

Reading Bergson's philosophical Idea of Art, who described intelligence as a mechanism running  against intuition, freed me to carry on with using my instinct without thinking of the final product. I  identified with his perception that the triumph of life is expressed through an act of creation (in its infinite  meaning, not limited to art), in which the impulse to create is triggered and driven by intuition and not  intellect. At the moment you lose interest behind your action, the momentum of creation winning the  space for a new perception of reality widens the field of your possibilities. 

Since I left Paris seven years ago, after two year of studying philosophy in La Sorbonne, Berlin has been  giving me the opportunity to work and develop my artistic process with greater intensity.  My large  figurative paintings and drawings are my main medium. I produce as spontaneously as possible- in a  trance. I try to read into my Inconscient, my inner landscape and  I allow my chaotic process to transform onto the  canvas in a sublime nature. It is the appearance of a sleeping memory, an impulse, idea finding its skin. My work talks about the hiddens places of the human mind and body. I am interested in the power of the human figure that I use as much as aesthetic muster as a mystical, existential Representation. I tend to represent the multidimensionality of life through my artistic vocabulary without any attempts to comply to present societal  aesthetic codes.  Without a delimited gender, space or temporality in time, I show my movement (movement, being the  act of creation, doing) with paradoxical forces somewhere between vulnerability and strength. 

 I started studying Art-therapy a year ago to deepen my knowledge about the creative process and its healing and empowering potential.Believing in the necessity of art to be emotional and generous enough to free the speech and the 

expression of our most authentic, primitive nature

"I try to read into my Inconscient, my inner landscape and  I allow my chaotic process to transform onto the  canvas in a sublime nature. It is the appearance of a sleeping memory, an impulse, idea finding its skin."
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