While there is a great number of women out there struggling with their eye makeup, Israeli make-up artist Tal Peleg gives this “daily routine” a whole new meaning. Inspired by iconic movie scenes and fairy tales, Peleg creates miniature eyelid paintings using nothing more than liquid eyeliner and eye shadow. “Make-up for me is art, just using a face instead of canvas or paper”, she explains, telling stories through the eyes of other people. Find out more about the artist in the interview below and visit her website www.talp.co.il.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Visual artist with a unique vision of this world.
What made you want to become an artist?
I can’t point on a certain event that made me decide I want to become an artist. Art was part of my life since I can rememeber myself, and I have pics of myself from when I was two years old, sitting on the floor with a lot of papers around me and covered in paint. As a child, I used to do “photoshoots” with my younger sister.. and I was painting all my life. I was also an art geek, always trying to find new books for my art history books shelf. I’ve always wanted to be an artist, because I have the neverending need to express myself. Photography, design, painting and makeup are all my passions, and my eye-art, which I got famous for, is my way to combine them all together.
What was your favourite project and why?
My favorite project was the anti-bulling eye-art. Its puropse was to raise awerness to bullying and the negetive power of hurtful words, and it’s always fulfilling to work on a project that has an important social message.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
When you create and publish the creation to a really large amount of people, there’s a point when you start to ask yourself: “would they like my new creation? would it be viral? would it get many likes?” and than these questions can sometimes effect on what you create, and you will try to choose topics that are more likeable and popular. The challenge is to fight this need to always please your followers and to create from the heart and soul, without thinking what the viewers may think of it and how much they will like it or not. That’s the way to stay true to yourself as an artist.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” ~Thomas Merton
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Always look around you for inspiration. Inspiration is everywhere, and in order to be creative you need to be able to translate all the inspirational sources around you into artworks. When people tell me they don’t feel creative enough to think about their own unique ideas, I tell them to look around and find the things that they find interesting around them, and try to create their own artistic interpretation to it. Don’t be afraid to step outside the box.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
That the quest to true fulfilment in life is neverending and sometimes quite confusing. I was quite naive, like many other young people, thinking that it’s easy to reach.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion of art?
I can’t think of anything like that. Art is everything.
All images © Tal Peleg