Tell us a little about yourself, where did you study and what was your field of study?
I am Efat Taklo, born in 1979 in Kavos Dome. In high school, my field of study was experimental, and like many people who are interested in art, I used to paint in addition to studies and school. At the end of high school, I went a little further in the field of art, taking commissions and selling my paintings.
These activities increased my motivation to participate in the art entrance exam and try my luck.
After announcing the results, in search of an adventure, I chose the city of Kerman and the field of carpets, which was a fledgling field in Iranian universities in 1998, to continue my artistic activities.
What are the mental stages of the formation of your artwork?
I feel that the mental stages of the formation of a work have gone through a different process in each period of my life. Because in every period maybe not only me but every artist creates a work based on his life experiences up to that moment. Of course, regardless of the visual quality and the fate of that work.
I often turn what I want to express into a symbol in my mind; Then I try to see those symbols in a suitable visualization of form and color. After I get comfortable with that composition myself, I take up the pen and draw it on the paper canvas.
How is a normal day in your life? Do you do art work professionally every day?
I am a mother, every day apart from the routines that are common in our lives today, and because of the repetition they seem extremely boring (except for exercise, of course), every day I experience another world outside of myself.
Drawing and painting are always an integral part of my daily life. Either I complete an order or I work on my personal collection.
Which of your works do you like the most? Why?
Considering the number and variety of my works and the fact that I did my best at the time of creating each work so that the work was its best, I do not have an answer for this question.
Which artist has influenced you the most?
Seeing the works of other artists outside of style and nationality has always been fascinating and inspiring for me. But what is more interesting and influential for me in creating a new work is the way people look at life. People who accompany me on a short or long journey for any reason.
What material do you use to create your works?
I am not too involved in using a specific material and after the initial design, I choose the material I want according to the design.
Do other arts (music, painting, theater, graphics, etc.) have an effect on the creation of your works?
In my opinion, in creating a work of art, it is undeniable to be influenced by everything that we encounter in life in different ways. Let alone other works of art that have always been an inspiration in a direct or indirect way.
Listening to music especially while working, going to a gallery and looking at another artist's paintings, watching a movie or a good theater... all are energy and motivation for new creations for me.
From ideation to implementation, which part of the work is easier for you and which part is more difficult?
Perhaps this question cannot be given a definite answer, because in addition to the mental and physical conditions that influence the creation of an artwork, the professional experiences of the artist will also be important in the work that is created. Sometimes, in creating an idea for a specific subject, with the limitations you have in the implementation, it becomes a heavier weight in creating a work. Of course, in my opinion, ideation is an obvious thing in all stages of creating a work, from the beginning of the design work to choosing the type of execution technique.
What helps you find good ideas?
It has been variable in different conditions and periods; But going to a pristine nature and facing reality and my inner self has often been very effective in finding pure ideas for me.
What motivated you to become an artist?
I may not be able to determine a specific reason for the path I took. My heart's desire since childhood, which always attracted me to painting and the world and life, separated painters from other professions for me. It was the reason and excuse that every encouragement and praise became an incentive for me to continue working in the art profession, and a little later, receiving orders and earning money from art became a stronger incentive to stay in the art world.
What is the most important thing you have learned from great artists?
That artists were never and are not separate from the body of the society in which they lived. Most of their works and lives are a clear expression of thinking, beliefs, fears and hopes that prevailed in the society in which they lived at that particular time.
What advice do you have for young artists in this field?
Compliments aside, the truth is that I am still a seeker in the art world. In my professional life, every day I face a new experience that is not only specific to creating a work of art. Maybe I can liken it to an interwoven network from knowing more about myself and connecting with the world around me, understanding more pains and joys from myself, to the whole society in which I live and the real knowledge of the art market and... .
Therefore, I cannot give absolute and definitive advice. Except that all of us are as similar as we are, we are different in life experiences and in expressing them... Therefore, perhaps facing the reality of ourselves and the world around us and expressing it in a way that each person can achieve alone, is the surest way to achieve the feeling of a real creation in the world of art. A path that has neither a specific beginning nor an end for each person.
Prepared and arranged by: Narges Saheb Ekhtiyari