by HEIDI TRAUTMANN on her Art Exhibition at ISMET V. GÜNEY ART CENTRE IN
NICOSIA in April and September 2017 in Famagusta and Nicosia
was on the occasion of the International Day of the Arts on April 15, 2017 that
Heidi Trautmann’s exhibition was opened
in Famagusta at the R. R. Denktaş Culture and Congress Centre under the
auspices of the EMU Centre for Cyprus Studies, Dr. Naciye Doratli, by the Eastern
Mediterranean University, Rector, Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam, and by our Art Association
EMAA (European Mediterranean Art Association), President Zehra Şonya.
second show had been planned to take place in Nicosia between 20-30 September,
2017, at the Ismet V. Güney Art Centre, especially for those who could not
undertake the journey to Famagusta.
at the end of it, Heidi Trautmann wants to summarise her reflections on the two
my work I want to draw the attention to people’s life, their individuality and
daily problems and I believe that the truth comes out better with fast
sketches, by catching the moment of a movement or a mood of the model sitting
for us and adding to the background a graphic interpretation of either
political or social happenings of the day, and often the drawings come along as
a rather overdrawn image of the character. I use many different techniques in
order to express my view of the situation, including my morning Turkish coffee
which I poured onto a sheet of glass for a print. Lines is what I use mostly,
be it charcoal or ink, marker or pencil on sheets that were prepared as
monoprints, paper collages or water colour washes: It is our destiny that we
all have to adapt to background conditions, thus have my drawn figures to
most important task has always been to support the arts because I believe in
the power of all art disciplines, be it visual arts, literature or theatre and
I regard the arts as the most important tool in education as it teaches people to
use their senses fully; here I repeat some of my words of my opening speech in
Famagusta for the International Day of the Arts:
Many people ask,
what is art? What does it stand for? Is it part of interior design… Or a sort of philosophy? It is said that it
can heal people……
For me ART is
LIFE, it is life under a magnifying glass, it is made by people for people; it
is to understand matters of nature and humanity.
Art is as old as
our globe. With the urge to express themselves, the cavemen took stones to
scratch their experiences onto rocks or make designs on their pottery….or… in
other periods to record historical events…. the armies of early wars took hired
painters with them, explorers did. Art is a form of science, it researches
things to the very bottom and uses the results in various directions; it develops
the human senses and makes people see behind the curtain. Often it is not for
the pleasure of our eyes.
Art has become a
very important means of worldwide communication with many international art
events; we have Biennales in almost all countries of the world. International
Art colonies have become the fashion and artists are invited around the world
for interesting art workshops. I have watched this phenomenon also here in
North Cyprus, with many of our artists regularly going to such events, even to
Korea, China and Japan, but we also have international art workshops on the
island, I have many times written about them, and thus we get to know the artists
and their work, their thinking and culture first hand.
It has always
been my wish to share and to support art and artists because I believe in the
science of art, to help educate young…. and old – you are never too young or
too old – in our Thursday Art group we have members of much over 80 years,
which I am approaching myself very fast.
The artists who
give their devotion and time to teach art have my greatest respect. Art not
only makes people see and trains them to use their senses fully, it makes them
happy, or rather fulfilled, it gives children and adults self-confidence, keeps
them away from nonsense and electronic games and false dreams.
There is still
so much to see and to learn, for example what material people are made of, they
carry in them the secrets of the soil they were born on, what shadows are on
their souls through the daily events that are thrown in their way. It is people
that make the culture of a country, all members of society are creators in one
way or another and we need to respect and recognize all of them, it is a
country’s language. I think this is the main purpose of making art.
DAÜ TV did a nice pre-opening film of the exhibition with Zehra
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Nicosia the opening of the exhibition was for me a very special event too,
because many of my artist friends came from different art disciplines, art
photography, literature, theatre, ceramic art, and also a group of German
friends surprised me with their presence; the two halls were full with guests
and I must say that I was very happy and proud of the arrangement of paintings
that was done with the much appreciated help and organization of EMAA members.
Outsiders may hardly believe the amount of work that is involved in the set-up
of an exhibition. I am deeply grateful
to Zehra Şonya, Derya Ulubatlı, Sinem Ertaner, Esra Plümer Bardak, Toya Akpinar, Ozan
Özgenler and Kemal Behcet Çaymaz, the young generation of artists and art historians
that form the board of EMAA now. I am happy to see their progress in life and
art activities, in taking over responsibilities for education within society
and making a very important impact on its understanding of contemporary art in
a problematic zone like Cyprus.
are more people to thank who made the two exhibitions possible. That is Prof.
Dr. Naciye Doratli who heads the Centre for Cyprus Studies, and who again spoke
on the occasion of the Nicosia Opening Night; there is Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam, the
Rector of the Eastern Mediterranean University to whom I have to thank for the
printing of my two volumes catalogue and finally there is Omid Kalantar
Motamedi, Graphic designer, at Cyprus International University, who over many
months collated the catalogue with me and did a precious art work on it. Yes, and I want to mention Mine Keten who did
a lovely interview with me over the space of several time zones, she was in
Cyprus and I in Louisiana at that time, an interview which is published in the
new issue of DEFNE, an art magazine of the Cultural Department of the Ministry
of Education and Culture.
the ten days that followed I enjoyed the visit of many people, especially
several classes of the Anadolu Art School with their art teachers Ipek Denizli
and Ahmet Karagöz and some days later, classes of the Atleks Sanverler
Ortaokulu organized by art teacher Pembe Gaziler. I enjoyed their visit
immensely. I could share my ‘wisdom’ with these young people, my philosophy of
working and seeing life, of admonishing them to take nothing for granted but to
explore and experiment, to experience art education as a door opener to
knowledge and understanding. I told them that money in a bank account can be
lost but knowledge gained by education is a capital with true values.
am also grateful to the many people who came and looked at my paintings and
sketches of life. It will be my last big exhibition and I am grateful for the
time I had to be able work and to have had the opportunity to get to know the
many good artists on the island of Cyprus which has become my home, our home.
on Oct. 07, 2017 at Eagle’s Nest in Girne