(Above Image) Ozge Sargin’s Personal Manifesto
Ozge Sargin is an artist who works primarily with photography, currently in her third year of study of a BA (Hons) in Media and Communications, at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Ozge’s creativity began to flourish early in life; she began to take inspiration from novels soon after learning to read as a child. From that point onwards, she has kept notebooks, documenting her inspirations and sketching out her ideas. In high school, the International Baccalaureate course she was enrolled on focused on Biology and Literature and did not include any art lessons. Committed to developing as an artist, Ozge spent her lunch breaks in portfolio presentation workshops. Her first camera was an analogue camera, a tool that provides her with endless excitement.
Despite having no prior formal training in the visual arts, Ozge was accepted into the prestigious Central Saint Martins to study a foundation programme, focusing on graphic design. Undertaking the course led Ozge to believe that any idea is worth experimenting with, and that any experiment is worth developing. The advice of one of her tutors resonated strongly with Ozge: “get serious about being silly”. Ozge believes that once you have the confidence to explore any idea, nothing can stand in your way. She reiterates Sylvia Plath’s sentiment that “the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt”.
Moving to London led Ozge to experience emotions she didn’t know existed; at first the constant stimulation was overwhelming. This feeling is intertwined with one of “precious isolation”, a combination she finds very inspiring. Studying at Goldsmiths has provided her with a solid foundation of knowledge through which to form her opinions, knowledge that has been gathered through a process of thinking and questioning. Ozge considers the crowd at Goldsmiths to be a sensitive one, active in their sensitivity toward what is happening in the world and their willingness to facilitate discussion around it. The most significant shift in Ozge’s way of thinking that has occurred through studying at Goldsmiths has been coming to appreciate the experience of being puzzled.
A broad range of influences inform Ozge’s art practise, often she draws inspiration from literary fiction or sociological articles rather than from visual artists. The writings of William Blake have been key in Ozge’s development of ideas, as have academic writers such as Zygmunt Bauman, Roland Barthes and Simone de Beauvoir. In terms of visual culture, Tamara de Lempicka’s cold sophistication and Damien Hirst’s method of questioning death have been influential. One of Ozge’s favourite artists is Andrea Zittel, whom she admires everything about. Moving forward, Ozge places a high importance on being an active creator rather than a passive thinker of ideas. Validation of her ideas by others is not her concern, she will develop whatever idea comes to mind.
Keep up to date with Ozge’s projects at: www.coroflot.com/sarginoz
(All images featured in this article are the intellectual property of Ozge Sargin)