Tammy Mike Laufer
Mediums: 3D digital drawing and video art
Style: Contemporary Art
I am an International Contemporary artist participating in exhibitions in museums and art projects. I present video art in Israel and around the world.
I graduated from the High school major in Architecture and studied drawing for many years. My professional education from the 'Technion' - Israel Institute of Technology, Graphic Design Degree, and Continuing education program for designers at Sivan College Tel Aviv.
I deal with digital Art and graphic design, for almost two decades.
I deal with issues which are often social, not always pleasant - Pain, wars, female body, Life cycles, the Holocaust. This my way to express myself the way I deal with various topics.
The unique technique which I create, three-dimensional drawing, is the style of my work in my handwriting.
Please tell us about your first experience creating:
I was in kindergarten and my nickname was, "the painter of the kindergarten"
I draw with charcoal, gouache and pencil.
How long have you considered yourself an artist?
I consider myself an artist, in fact from the moment I was holding paint or pencil, and I was in very young age.
What are you trying to convey to viewers through your art?
My works and video arts are similar to mental puzzles, where you can travel from one point to another by analyzing a picture’s symbolic objects. there is always something for the observer to discover.
I never force my vision or push my philosophical opinion on the viewers - each and every one, can give theirs philosophy to my creation.
My art is surreal reality, all in my head. The viewer take a journey to places just as real as those you might find in this reality.
Tell us about your creative process, from the beginning of a typical piece to its completion:
When I start working on a new scene, it's like enter to a fantasy dream.
Like starting your new only virtual world. “Everything is possible” and in the majority of my works I am trying to combine visual realities, with subconscious emotions and philosophical thoughts.
What things inspire you to create art?
Creating for me, is an inner need to express myself. When I feel certain feelings about personal or public issues - then I need to create.
What exhibitions have you had?
I presented in many exhibitions, in museums and art projects around the world
Some solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions.
How do you promote your art on the internet?
Recently I founded online magazine that promotes Israeli artists. 44 DEGREES
Tell us about influences
The main influence on my work is the stream of surrealism and artists - Salvador Dali, Samuel Bak and René François Ghislain Magritte.
Please recommend another artist you admire, and tell us a little about them:
Rene Magritte, one of the most important artists of the Surrealist group. Style is defined surrealism figurative works. In the last summer 2012, I visited the new museum built works of Magritte in Brussels, Belgium.
The museum has four floors, and the experience to watch a variety of works from the artist left a huge impression on me.
Museum walls were painted black, and the works of Magritte get that extra dimension.
Tell us something interesting in your life
I have a special collection of computer mouse. Music is the great love of my life after painting. I've been drawing since the age of two years, but almost twenty years I paint with a computer.
Do you have any regrets in your life as an artist?
No, I admit that I was born with the talent
What plans do you have for the future of your art?
I should display in an exhibition in Lithuania this year.
And hope the magazine I founded to promote Israeli artists, will develop and grow.
Do you have any good advice for emerging artists?
Build your own personal website, and presented your creations. You can also do this for free through WIX.com. Use the internet platform to promote your art.