JE: When did this happen and was it connected to the creation of the user »Taietzel Ticalos« (as this is an artificial person, isn’t it)?
TT: Sometimes I feel Taietzel Ticalos is a project all its own. It grew online with each account, since I was using the name as my official id everywhere. Though the name has a funny meaning in Romanian, people took it serious and often linked my real persona with it. Now, after years of using it, I don’t see Taietzel Ticalos as something artificial; it identifies a part of me – the playful one that gives me freedom to learn and to experiment.
I was already Taietzel Ticalos when I started posting my works.
JE: Do you differentiate between online and offline existence? If so, how does this work?
TT: Unfortunately, I am very aware of the distinctions between virtual and real existence. I wish I could see the in-between line more blurred. Dissociating like this just perpetuates a fear of acting online; in other words, I see myself more as an undecided and passive user, the type that deactivates/reactivates or deletes accounts.
»I don’t see Taietzel Ticalos as something artificial; it identifies a part of me – the playful one that gives me freedom to learn and to experiment.«
JE: How does your work develop aesthetically? Where do, for example, the references to art history come from or why have they been included? Are there sources of inspiration for your work?
TT: The use of appropriation comes from my lack of artistic education. My first project evolved from the desire to understand, relate and react to some of my favorite Romanian artworks. Through different programs, like Photoshop, Processing, KeyShot or Cinema 4D, I conveyed them into the digital space, frame by frame. The technique developed from 2D to 3D, as I improved my skills.