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Ekin Buyukusahin Pogun – Artist

Ekin Buyuksahin Pogun was born in 1985, Ankara. she studied music but painting and photography are her biggest passion. she has lived in Istanbul for 7 years and then moved to Izmir with her  husband while she was pregnant. Now she is living in a silent town with her nuclear family, working less but thinking more than before.

What’s your background? Where are you from?

I’m from Ankara, Turkey. I started studying music at the age of 7. Then got my bachelor’s degree on Viola from Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts in 2008. During my high school and college years, I was always interested in photography and painting. Then I worked as a freelance photographer, music teacher and artist for five years. After moving to Istanbul in 2013, I decided to concentrate on painting and illustration.

What or who is inspiring you right now

My surrounding is full of inspiration. We (me and my husband) moved to a coastal town on the Aegean region. Nature amazes me every second.

How did you come to work in your creative industry?

I was working as a music teacher when I moved to Istanbul for the second time in 2013. One day, while I was working, an accident happened and my leg was broken. Then I spent some time at home with my papers and paints and I realised that I’m not happy at school.  I quit my job and started drawing more., creating something always thrilled me more than performing or teaching. I have always been dreaming of this kind of a work life. So I’m very happy to create my own work and share my work.

How have you developed your career? What are you doing now?

I worked a lot. I worked and shared. I’m still working and sharing.

What do you aim to say with your work?

The more we grow, the better we learn to hide our feelings. And sadness is the feeling that people try to mask  it’s something that must be ashamed of or a sign of weakness. There is sadness in almost every character’s face that I draw/paint because I want to show it’s normal to feel sad even when  you have a wonderful and colourful life,when you are surrounded by friends or family, or with your loved one

Describe your creative process

First, I like to think about my idea for a couple of days. Sometimes I dream about them because of overthinking. Generally I don’t make sketches before working. I like to go with the mood that I’m in right at that time. Preferably I don’t like to have many people around  I listen to music often the same song on loop I can concentrate better and it feels like I worked only for the duration of that one song on the loop.

How would you define your style?

Plain, genuine and a little bit dark even if it looks like it doesn’t dark at all.

What are the qualities that define an artist?

The artistic language that he or she creates is the most powerful factor. The way they express themselves should bring the originality as well as genuineness. Also the works should communicate with the audience at the first look.

Paint a picture of where you live/describe it

What is your favourite era of design?

If there must be one choice, I can just pick up surrealism as my favourite.

Who has been the most inspirational person for you?

My dad.

What’s the project you are working on right now that you feel most passionately about?

I’ve just finished my first silent book “The Man Who Likes Rain” and it’s going to be published in a couple of weeks. I’m very excited about that.

What project of yours has inspired you the most?

Every project, every work inspires me in different ways. But lunar themed work makes me a little bit more inspirational.

What are your beauty secrets?

I feel beautiful when I’m really happy.

How do look after yourself  mentally and physically?

I ran away from Istanbul’s crowds, this made me both mentally and physically relieved. My nutrition habits has changed a lot while I was pregnant and I also quit smoking. Last year, since being close to the sea, I swam during spring and summer. I will also go back to pilates to feel fitter, happier One more thing, I haven’t watched TV almost 6 years.

What’s your favourite film?

It’s a Turkish movie called Sen Aydınlatırsın Geceyi (Thou Gild’st the Even) by one of my favorite directors Onur Ünlü.

Do you have a favourite quote that you try to live by?

“Do what you love” is the biggest motivation for me. I’m so lucky that I had a chance to choose the profession that I’m in love with. I think working without passion is one of the biggest challenges that drive people to depression. World needs happier people more than ever.

Is there anything in your career that you regret not doing?/regret doing?

There are no regrets. I’m super satisfied with every step that I took.

What makes you nervous?

Nervous people always make me feel nervous.

Who’s the nicest person you have worked with?

My publishers are great.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

There is no exact picture in my head but I hope me and my works will visit many countries and get interaction from many people.

Do you dream?

Almost every night.

If you were a perfume what would you smell like?

After shower.

What’s on your playlist right now?

Sharon Van Etten • The End Of The World

Can you describe what you are doing now, with your life and work?

I’m a full time mother right now. Our baby is now 6 months old and I gave kind of a break to look after him. I’m working, eating, going for a walk and having a rest while he is sleeping or my husband or grandparents are looking after him for a short time periods. When we are both ready, I’ll go back to my old working routine.

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