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Digital Surrealist Stuns With Emotional Faceless Portraits

Digital Surrealist Stuns With Emotional Faceless Portraits

Omer began to bring her passion for dreams, fantasies and surrealism to life five years ago after studying graphic design.

“My love for the surreal world had always successfully overshadowed everything else I’ve been doing. I therefore started focusing on fine art instead,” she says.

Intrigued to know more, we sat down with Omer to find out the secrets to her success – and more…

Why do you hide your face?

I hide my face because I think it’s much more intriguing and powerful than a photo of a person just standing in front of a camera. When people see someone’s face in a photo they react to that person rather than to the photo itself. It is the thing I’m trying to avoid the most in my portraits. When viewers can’t see someone’s face I think it gives them a chance to focus more on the concept and the essence of  the photo instead.

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Where do you find inspiration?

I draw inspiration from pretty much anything in every day life. It could be music – whether it’s a song I heard, or something I saw on TV or a film. Even just by sitting around and looking at artists’ work on Instagram or Pinterest.

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Why is nature such a feature in your art?

It is because the more I became interested in creativity and photography, the more I realised how much I appreciate nature, and the beauty in it. Also probably because I love animals more than anything and since animals and nature are linked- one can’t go without the other.

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When did you start creating these artworks?

I started creating most of my photos about 6 years ago I would say. I began my portraits about two years ago and that is when I started engaging with social media to showcase my work there.

Goals for the future?

My goal is pretty much to keep creating and doing what I love and be happy about it. And hopefully inspire people. That’s what’s most important to me at the end of the day.

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Why digital?

I guess it’s because I love working on my computer… the world I construct in Photoshop is made out of things that I could never really capture or create by hand in real life. I still use my graphic design title for all kinds of projects and work but they are two different things.

The difference between graphic design and your own work?

I make my art for me, for myself and as therapy. It’s my passion, no rules. In graphic design there are always rules, even if they tell you there aren’t. There will always be someone who will want to make changes of your work or update it in some way. With my surreal art I just do what I want and how I want it, without anyone guidance and advice and suggestions. It’s the only thing that I can really call “my own”.

Images: © copyrights 2016 omerika

 

Written by Victoria Webster

Victoria Webster is The Carousel's resident health expert. She has been surrounded by health and fitness her entire life. Her mother, a nutritionist, personal trainer and Pilates teacher instilled in Victoria a passion for all things wellbeing related.

Growing up a ballet dancer and singer having performed in the States, her passion for performance and movement transferred to yoga, running and the gym whilst remaining focused on her academics and career. She is an avid traveller and has lived all over the world enabling her to speak French, Italian and Spanish.

She began her journalism career by studying Media and Communications at The University of Sydney. She has written for The Medical Observer and Australian Doctor.

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