Ikosidio

Artist: IKOSIDIO / Interview by SFINX.

We are honored & thankful, Ikosidio, for the collaboration with the SFINX.
That means a lot & makes us happy, that we share the same vision, to spread Art & Cvlture to the whole world. Express yourself & let the people know you & your art.

Interview:

Ikosidio1. State your name for the record. Introduce yourself.
My name is Theo, I'm an artist based in Germany and the woman behind "Ikosidio".

2. When did you realize you wanted to become an artist, and which was the main reason force behind the choice?
I knew since my childhood that I wanted to do something related to art, but my focus was more on aiming to work with what is already existing, rather than
creating something new. Archaeology and conservation/restauration were the subjects I wanted to study as a child and teenager. Although I thought about studying fine art
I never had the courage to try and eventually I ended up studying art history and philosophy. After working as an art historian for a few years I realized that
I couldn't just talk and write about art, but had to create myself. And so my journey as an artist began.

3. Which artist(s) do you admire?
There are a lot of artists that deserve to be admired and it is impossible to name only one or two favourites. I love the art of the early Renaissance in the northern parts of Europe,
so artists like Grόnewald, Cranach, Dόrer, Schongauer or Hieronymus Bosch, to name only a few, really speak to me. But I am also very much into the expressionists of the early
20th century for example, like Schiele and Lehmbruck, whose work is something completely different. And of course there are also many contemporary artists that I admire, like Roberto Ferri,
Denis Forkas and a lot more.

4. Do you have a formal art background?
No, I am self taught.

Making of Sphinx design.5. How would you describe your personal artistic style?
It's difficult for me to describe my own artistic style, because I have the feeling that it is constantly changing. I like to use classical, occult and religious imagagery that has been
used since hundreds or even thousands of years throughout history and reinterpret them in a darker style using mostly black ink and a dip pen.

6. What are your favorite artworks to create and how you approach designing a custom piece?
My favourite works to create are such that use imagagery with a deep symbolic meaning, since I love to discover the iconological background and the evolution of different
motifs, images, symbols etc. And that's also the answer to the second part of the question: I start with researching and documenting information on the subject matter of a
custom piece and then use different elements to create my own interpretation.

7. How do you see your style evolving?
I think my work tends to be way more symbolic than it used to be and much less narrative. I have a thing for symmetrical compositions and I'm trying to get rid of my "horror vacui".

8. Do you find your work attracts a specific type of people?
Apart from the aesthetical aspect, I think my work may attract people that are interested in ancient mythology, medieval culture and occult symbolism.

9. What influences your art?
Every encounter in everyday life can influence an artist's work, but the main sources that influence mine and that I spent countless hours studying are as already stated above:
ancient mythology/philosophy and medieval culture, especially christian eschatology.

Making of Sphinx design.10. Is there a specific culture or philosophy which fuels your inspiration?  
I am very much into Socrates'/Plato's philosophy and especially his metaphysical theories about the realm of the ideas and the soul. This is something that doesn't only
inspire my work, but also my view on everything. It's funny how much of Plato's philosophy was incorporated in the Christian idea of the human soul and its connection to God,
although the Greek philosophers were condemned as heathens in the Middle Ages. The medieval culture is a second very important part in my work.

11. Do you incorporate any elements of ancient Greek art to your work?
Definitely. I grew up with ancient Greek art. As a child and young teenager I spent my holidays roaming through ancient sites in Greece and visiting archaelogical museums. So it is only
a logical consequence that I incorporate it into my art.

12. Do you have any works that are influenced by ancient Greek philosophy or myths?
Yes, I do! I have created some artworks based on the Oracle of Delphi and the Pythia for example, as well as some works depicting figures from greek mythology, such as the Medusa or the
goddess Hecate.

Sphinx design.13. Aside from ancient Greek art, what is the most prevalent ancient culture in your work?
Probably the Roman, that has a lot of parallels to the Greek one.

14. In three words, what is art to you? How would you define art?
A very theoretical attempt on defining art, but for me art is the visual expression of abstract ideas that are prevalent during a certain period of time in a certain place (these are a few more than only three words, but the main keywords are three: visual expression (of) ideas).

15. On what level do you feel art influences people?
Art can speak to the senses and art can speak to the mind. It influences people emotionally when it speaks to the senses, by putting them in different moods for example and thus
influence what and how they feel. When art speaks to the mind it can influence even peoples actions, open new perspectives, change mindsets. Art is a very potent weapon
due to its ability to influence people and has been used as one throughout the centuries, with one of the most evident examples that pop into my mind being the Counter Reformation
art of the Catholic church.

16. Anything else you like to mention?
Thanks for your interest in my work and reading this interview until the very end. And thanks to SFINX for the opportunity to be part of this project!

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