BA Hons. Fine Art, Dip. Botanical Art , Dip. History European Painting, Dip.Animation
Ida Mitrani is a Turkish born french artist and art teacher living in Ireland since 1997. She graduated from DLIADT in 2003 with a Honor Degree in Fine Art.
She’s been exhibiting widely in Ireland and was commissioned by Dublin City Council to design three maps illustrating the various communities of Dublin historic central area. The maps are now part of the National Library of Ireland’s archives.
Along with her artistic practice, Ida has been regularly running creative workshops and teaching Art including in the London Art College. She has also set up the first intensive Botanical Art course in the Institute of Art and Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, in 2012.
Mitrani’s drawings are about the accuracy and idealisation of chosen specimens. She tries to develop a poetic vision of the world while giving existence to the unobserved. By singling out a section of a selected subject, she aims to depict every element that constitutes it and to bring that awareness to the public in order to focus a lens on the beauty in nature, the universal beauty that links us all.
She is interested in the slow, creative process and the multiple possibilities that arise while composing an artwork. The various stages in the development of ideas include exploring with repetitive lines and patterns, texture and sometimes with colour. The making of the artwork is the process itself where long observation, rhythm, emptiness and interval grow to form the composition.
National Library of Ireland
Arts Office Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown
Soho house Istanbul
Eireannach, Celebrating the native plants of Ireland,2018
Dublin Culture Connects, ‘Around the Table’, 2017
Commissioned (3 maps)
Heritage Irish Plants, 2016
Irish Society of Botanical artists/Irish garden plant society
MY ARTISTIC JOURNEY
As a child I was always drawing and colouring. I cannot remember a time when creativity wasn’t an important part of my life. I would draw characters based on my vast collection of Walt Disney illustration books. My brother and I spent many afternoons drawing space scenes with imaginary planets and stars.
My mother once told me that I tried to eat a whole set of paints when I was two years old. I often say that’s the reason why I’m so sensitive to colours.
I loved looking at art material magazines and fell my heart beating every time a large box of coloured pencils appeared on the page. Now as an adult I have a full collection of beautiful expensive pencils; what a pleasure it is to open the box and and see the vibrant colours.
I particularly enjoyed the art classes at school. I had a couple of very talented art teachers who nurtured my interest in Art. In 1999 I was admitted to Art college where I studied Animation followed by Fine Art.
Being an artist…
I see creative possibilities everywhere and in everyone. Mental and sketchbook work are essential to my creative expression.
Isolation is also important in allowing a range of creative people to produce their strongest work.
One has to stay in connection with one’s internal monologue in order to express it. It’s very difficult to find my creative voice if I don’t self reflect and daydream.
I enjoy exposing myself to new experiences and environments especially to nature where I can feel strong sensations. They are all part of my creative process.
Intellectual curiosity and emotional openness are, for me, very closely linked. I look at the world and regularly question it.
Perseverance leads to creative success. Many times, artists will encounter rejection and feel worthless until the day comes when a new opportunity presents itself.
Failure pushes me to reinvent myself and look at my artwork from a different angle. It can be a painful process but I always remind myself that the opportunities are limitless.
Being an artist is a risky business. I haven’t chosen this path for the love of money.
It’s part of me, a need.
There is a strong link between taking risks and creativity. An artist has to produce work based on an idea and make it concrete.
Motivation is another important part of my artistic achievement. It has to be internal first. Artistic recognition can be a factor to motivation but it shouldn’t be the main one, otherwise it will have a detrimental effect.
I find my motivation and energy in teaching, where I can interact with my students, and question, dissect and construct new ideas for my art.
The moment of creation feels magical. It’s like being in a mental trance where everything feels right. I’ve always enjoyed drawing, its physical and mental freedom. Being able to connect with the paper gives me an intense feeling of serenity.
My studio is at home. Everything surrounding me has a purpose, be it purely aesthetic or purely functional. I make sure to always work in a tidy and clean environment; otherwise my thinking and creative process is affected. Once all the preparatory work has been completed I tend to listen to classical music and documentaries while I work.