People Like Art or Wrong “Guda” Right Daniela
January 11, 2016 - single portrait
Funny story, actually. That’s why I decided to tell you how I met … hang on, let me start from the beginning.
A couple of days ago I visited This Art Fair – an art expo in Amsterdam, where I was going to meet Guda Koster. She was an artist I got friendly with on Ello and never met in real life, though we both live in the same city. That’s a typical Internet case, isn’t it. So, I went to search for Guda’s stand at the biggest art fair I’ve seen, and before I reached her famous feet-sculpture, I was blown away many times, seeing most amazing art one could imagine. Anyway, when I found Guda’s stand I started looking around trying to guess her in the crowd, or let her guess me first.
There was a small group of people standing at Guda’s stand, one was a small, delicate woman of artistic appearance (what I thought of artistic appearance anyway). I thought to give it a shot, came closer and asked rather bluntly, trying to voice over the sound of the commotion: “Hi, are you Guda?” The red haired woman with very beautiful brown eyes, – the kind of motherly-loving-warm-chocolaty-looking-straight-into-your-heart-eyes nodded: “Yes yes!!” Joy! … I was so happy to meet famous and lovely Guda, so being typical me, I started hugging her and shaking her like my old friend. “Guda” seemed to be a little… reluctant to my happy attitude, a little… shocked with my overly friendly hugs, so I thought I would hold my horses, who knows what people are like in real life, vs their online behaviors, right? I started asking “Guda” about her mother, I knew she would be somewhere in that crowd, and got an answer that mother wasn’t coming, change of plans… and so it went for a few minutes, and I started feeling uneasy. It just didn’t click between us, which can happen of course. So, I decided to give it the last try and asked “Guda” to stand in front of her art works, so I could take a picture and bugger off. “Guda” said ok… and went away from “her” stand to a different corner of expo, full of paintings and installations. The letters on the wall said: DANIELA JORDANOVA. And there she stood, next to one of the works – her favourite one, as I asked her… Then it all became clear to me, so I started laughing like crazy, and Daniela started laughing, finally she understood the situation, and I guess she was extremely relieved I wasn’t some kind of a weirdo, jumping on total strangers. It suddenly was resolved, the tension, and everything became nice, and friendly, even it went so wrong at first – because of the noise, and the language differences, and the whole situation of an art fair, where everybody was talking to everybody.
I took a picture of Daniela Jordanova, who looked a lot like her art, and I purposefully exaggerated the contrast a little, to enhance the resemblance. Already at home (after meeting with real Guda Koster and having a good laugh about it all) at home I googled Daniela’s art and have fallen in love with her work… I met many strangers lately, but only some of them left a long lasting impression, because of their personalities and what they do… Their passion. Their talent. I have put together the series “People Like Art”, with my interpretation of people at expo, so if you feel like looking at it, it’s on my website.