Fifteen Questions

Our first Q&A candidate, Ece Clarke LG, provides Claire Parrish LG with some pithy responses.

Detail of Engraving on copper, 2017

Tell us a little about yourself 
I was born in Istanbul, Turkey. I studied German Language and Literature at Istanbul University, then completed my MA in Fine Art at City & Guilds Art School in London. I work in many materials, from sculpture to engravings and paintings on paper and canvas in mixed media.

When were you happiest?
At university, both in Turkey and in the UK

What is your earliest memory?
The sun coming through the door of my grandmother’s house and making shadows on the wall. I must have been about 2.5 years old.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
My uncle Niyazih Toptoprak – for his deep knowledge of Turkish philology, poetry and songs, his sense of humour, and for his wonderful paintings.

What makes you unhappy?

What is your favourite word?

What keeps you awake at night?

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Göbekli Tepe around 8000 BC – this is the first stone age settlement that has been discovered in Turkey and was very active at that time

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey; Socrates; Rembrandt; Dostoevski; Orhan Veli (Turkish poet); Camille Claudel; Marie Curie; Max Planck.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

What is your greatest fear?
Being conscious of impending death

Where would you most like to be right now? 
In Japan, in the mountains

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
The phoenix – although this is a mythical animal

Mixed media on Somerset Paper, 2017