Interview of Serife Akkan conducted by Norvergence Team
Introduction of Serife Akkan
Serife Akkan is a Istanbul based textile executive and Climate Change artist who makes oil paintings. She has trained with world renowned painter Teymur Rzayev at his atelier for the past eight years.
Questions asked by Our Team to Serife Akkan
After retiring from my career as a textile executive, I took up painting as painting stimulates my soul.
With fast urbanization, particularly in Istanbul, the parks, the school yards, the green areas of my childhood in the city gave way to enormous concrete buildings. Compared to my childhood, children who live in the city don’t have places to play, to run, to witness the change in seasons as reflected in the trees anymore. Istanbul used to have so much more green areas for children to play in, but not anymore.
I wanted my paintings to bring attention to, to set alarm bells about the destruction humans are making to their environment. Particularly since I fist hand witnessed the rapid urbanization occurring in Istanbul during my lifetime.
Claude Monet, as he is the founder of French Impressionist painting and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein air landscape painting. When ever I see one of his paintings I imagine myself in them.
I would have like to have lived during the late 1800’s in Paris as expressionism art movement was originating among a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence and meet and talk to Claude Monet.