What might stop one creative in their tracks is just the fuel another needs to come up with their best work yet. It’s a little that way for artist Murat Yıldırım.
Yıldırım, an art director based in Istanbul, Turkey, creates illustrations, which he calls “art direction.” And he’s most inspired by cold weather. Specifically, cold weather and calmness.
Your Best Work is Birthed from Great Pressure
“I get inspired when I feel the cold before I start producing. I like the cold climate and quiet,” he tells Artistic Fuel. “The only thing that activates my emotions is cold weather conditions. I believe the cold weather nourishes the artist.”
Similar to how diamonds are produced only under great pressure and intense heat, Yıldırım’s best work is birthed from some personal pressures.
“All the work involving anxiety actually emerged under pressure and under bad conditions. Without pressure, artists cannot produce, or more precisely, real artists can never produce work under good conditions,” he said. “This may sound a little depressing, but that’s totally my inspiration.”
Murat Yıldırım ‘Dispute’
When talking about some of his works inspired by difficult times, Yıldırım points to one of his works of art called “Dispute.” It depicts three arms holding each other in balance.
“Before I started this work, the creative process and the psychology I was in had me worn out. I couldn’t reveal exactly what I imagined and wanted to describe,” he explains. “So I was in a dream-heavy collapse.”
For pretty much everyone around the globe, this year has dished out its fair share of challenges. For Yıldırım, it gave him the gift of time.
“The only factor that motivated me in 2020 was the quarantine times during the pandemic. Time is all an artist needs,” he says. “I can say that I spent the quarantine period productively. In this way, I was able to produce many works with strong motivation.”
Journalist and author Danielle Nadler grew up in South Dakota, where a patient writing teacher fostered in her a love for stories told well. She's worked for newspapers in the Midwest, on the West Coast and the East Coast, and recently launched a storytelling company called Tales and Ales.