Grace E. Garcia
The Void from collection Lines & Void by Elif Teja
Therapeutic Journey Portraits
Elif Teja is a multidisciplinary visual artist from Ankara Turkey, with roots in New York City. For over 15 years, Elif has established herself as an internationally renowned Art Director and Creative Director specializing in visual fantasy that brings together realism and the dimension of the mystical. Her portfolio includes award winning campaigns in branding, concept design, animation, CGI, illustration and synthesized photography.
Currently her energy is focused on breathing life to two main photo series entitled “Divine Feminine, Nature and the Source” and “Spirit Animal Portraits.” These works are a culmination of her life long journey as an artist, mystic, healer and seer endowed with the capacity to enter the eternal void. She has engaged the art of creating portraits that capture and help her subjects connect with their spirit guides that are helpful in her healing work. At the center of inspiration and connection to her present work is her desire to serve as an instrument for healing humanity and the world.
How did you get started in the world of art?
Elif: I can say I come from a family of artists.
My dad is a surrealist acrylic painter and his dad was a watercolor painter as well. I started drawing very early, I have pictures of me running around when I couldn’t even walk painting the walls, and the funny thing is that my parents allowed me to do that.
And of course I continued drawing, and at the time I thought that what was closer to my passion was interior architecture. I studied and even graduated, but I realized, that wasn’t my passion, so I moved to animation and started experimenting with other types of design and art direction.
Tell us about Divine Feminine, Nature & The Source collection.
Elif: One of the things that inspired me to create this collection were the rocks of Central Park. For a nature person like me, this city is very dense; so when I’m on these rocks even though I know I’m in the city I feel most at peace.
I take my time to feel them, to feel what’s underground, to connect, and feel the earth. I then began to take photos of these rocks and added some Goddess on them, and this turned into having many different archetypes characters of this divine feminine.
“ I strongly believe they all added something to who I am now, and to what my art is today.”
Any plans for the future?
Elif: Of course! I am planning to develop and grow the Divine Feminine collection, so there’ll be even more characters. I also have an exhibition coming up in Ankara, Turkey and I couldn’t be more excited about it.