Goga Bayat - Featured Artist for October 2010
Which artistic media do you prefer to work in and why?
For the past 35 years I have been working extensively in the field of photography therefore, the media in which I prefer to work is photography. However, I originally started my artistic endeavours with painting, back in the day when I was in school. I was told that I was talented and that I should consider pursuing painting further. But somehow my artistic yearnings were not satisfied through painting and my creative mind looked for another medium.
It was through photography that discovered an inspiring haven; despite the initial sense of unfamiliarity with the camera, I made a pledge with it - and myself - to start a journey that has lasted 35 years and I am still passionately committed to it.
With which past or contemporary artists or artworks do you, as an artist, feel a connection? What is it that draws you to them?
Mark Rothko. Especially his later works. Although in a glance, one may fail to see any similarity between his works and that of photography, in a closer inspection I utterly identify with the way in which he depicts the quotidian life that passes us quickly into patches of paint that capture that particular moment in time.
What process or technique in art-making interests you?
The journey by itself interests me not the technique.
What technical challenges do you face in the process of making art?
I am not entirely comfortable with the term “making art”. To me the term describes a machinery process. Art to me, is a dynamic creative process that one delves into his/her own feelings, thoughts, concerns and contemplates on finding the right medium to express them.
What in your artistic training do you value most at this time?
Experiment and practise.
How much of a role do accident and control play in your work?
As a visual artist rather than relying on accidents, I train myself to be focused on and observant of the world around me. In doing so, I am more susceptible to capture the artistic muse when it comes to me and in return transform that muse into my work.
What are some of your artistic challenges at present?
Having established myself as a well-known artist and photographer within Iranian society, now I am aiming to introduce myself to the artistic community in Vancouver.
What are some of your artistic accomplishments at present?
Throughout my career, I have worked as professional stills and portrait photographer. Last year, I decided to challenge and commit myself for the entire year to create a visual diary by taking one picture on a daily basis. After 366 days, the project ended on August 6th, 2010. By going through the collection as a whole, I realized how much I have grown: as and artist and as a person. This project provide me with an opportunity to develop two other projects, one of which was part of last year Artist in the Midst exhibition.
Can you share three things you’ve learned as an artist through your own art?
- Living the moment as I live once.
- Never regret the past.
- Trust my instinct.
When you need inspiration, how to do you get it?
As I indicated in previous question, I tend to be observant of the world around and through deep observations I find inspiring ideas.
When you need to learn more as an artist, how do you do it?
I am always trying to learn something new; I research, read and never hesitate to ask those who know more than I do.
What is exciting on your artistic horizon?
Self-exploration, new ideas new tasks.
What is it about this artwork (self-selected work shown) that led you to choose it for this feature? What specific challenges did you face in making this artwork?
What I intend to do in my work is to display a work that makes the viewers pause, reflect and ponder about their own surroundings.