*Welcome to the first in a series of artists interviews conducted by one of our own Flootie artists Ginny Brennan. We look forward to learning more about all the great artists both regional and international through Ginny’s efforts.*
Ildiko Kalapacs is a visual artist and folk dancer from Hungary residing in Eastern Washington. Ildiko started out drawing the human head in order to be allowed to enter Art School in Hungary. She went on to be a sculptor, acrylic artist as well as a folk dancer.
Ginny: What is your preferred medium and why?
Ildiko: I prefer mixed media. I create mixed media sculptures and mixed media acrylics.
Ginny: Can you remember one of the first things you drew/sculpted/painted. What makes it memorable?
Ildiko: While in Hungary, at thirteen I was in a year-long workshop to learn how to draw the human head. This period of time is very memorable because after a year of very hard work, I was accepted into art school.
Ginny: Any artist you admire famous or not. If yes, what draws you to that person’s work.
Ildiko: Of recent I’ve been drawn to German artist, Kate Kollwitz whose primary mediums were prints and drawings of poor people, mothers and children. Her work has been on my mind. I also have been reviewing Ed Kienholz, from California and Idaho, whose work depicted the social aspects of modern life.
Ginny: Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your work?
Ildiko: My artwork is a reflection of how I view life and is also influenced by my folklore research.
Ginny: What is your favorite piece of work that you have created?
Ildiko: I am involved with “The Bearing Project”. This sculpture depicts how civilian women are the backbone of families and life during and after war. Also my work “Made in Hungary” which is at a salon show in New York, is a self portrait with reference to growing up in Soviet Hungary.
Ginny: What are you working on at the moment?
Ildiko: “The Bearing Project”, website, thebearingproject.com. I’m working with a group of partners to allow this sculpture to be made and placed in Spokane.
Ginny: Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and discovered a whole new genre of art? How did it turn out?
Ildiko: Yes, when I create more mixed medium sculptures and add things like old photographs to my mixed media acrylic paintings I’m able to create more complex pieces.
Ginny: Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?
Ildiko: Both my husband and I are folk dancers and I also do extensive folklore research. I draw from my research, our dance, social studies and cultural anthropology.
Ginny: What are your goals for the future?
Ildiko: “The Bearing Project” (www.thebearingproject.com) is a current project I’m working on with the project committee to gather funding. I have a show in Japan in June 2015 and New York also in 2015.
Ginny: What are you doing when you are not creating?
Ildiko: All art related, folk dancing, reading history of other cultures. My husband and I also volunteer to the US Hungarian Folk Dance Community as translators allowing dancers to come to the US and teach.
Ginny: Where do you sell your work? Where can we view your work or portfolio, or blog.
Ildiko: Mostly on-line, my personal website ildiart.com, flootie.com, artstack.com, tsu.com and xman.com.
Ginny: Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others aspiring artists?
Ildiko: Keep working on your ideas and also discovering methods, techniques, materials and continue to experiment.
Ginny: What is your favorite color, animal, season, movie and book.
Ildiko: Color-Blue, Animal-Koala, Season-Fall, Movie-Cinema Paradiso, Book-Howard Zin’s “Peoples History of the United States”.
To learn more about Ildiko and her artwork you can visit her profile page on Flootie.com https://www.flootie.com/profile/376/ildik-kalapcs/