We had the good fortune of connecting with Seda Saar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Seda, why did you pursue a creative career?
Creating has always been a part of my life – mostly to improve life ! Ever since I can remember I was curious to express as well – through song, writing, poetry and music as well as first and foremost drawing – drawing stories as they played on my head – characters from cartoons , drawing from nature or creating abstract paintings – o pursued design after highschool so as to create solutions to space , beautify environments or create fantastic scenes – architecture and design became a natural way to do it – working as a theme park designer was the height of that creativity and I still enjoy concept design and painting is a way to express my interest in color and physics of perception or how we experience the world.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I use colors as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create 2d and 3d environments. My exploration of forms & color through surface and lines” has been on a journey between different scales, from a small art piece to architecture. After graduation from London Metropolitan in Interior Architecture, I came to the US and worked mostly as an Interior Designer for Silicon Valley corporate and later hospitality and retail in LA.
Exploring and observing the relationship between the sensory element of color-change, and the mathematical element of time, was what I had learnt working as an Interior designer for narrative based themed attractions or branded retail. I started with Disney stores at an architectural firm, which then transitioned to creating location based entertainment and later concept design for major Hollywood studios. I took night courses at Art Center in Pasadena to improve myself, and it was hard to get a creative position but somehow I landed a job as the principal interior designer for Marvel Superhero Island for a Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, then subsequently Osaka, Japan and working on different IP’s and themed lands in China.
After almost 3 decades, I was burnt out and needed to do less drafting and more freeform art so I started painting from nature. This allowed me to see colors change depending on the light in the landscape, and ultimately influence my love of color perception. I learnt the lesson of never giving up on my dream of being an artist and learning from my experience in design I apply them to my art. I hope to create new experiences and create more public works. My enthusiasm for color, light and space as a medium is a continuous search for materiality to create a transformative experience.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would go to all the theme parks! I would drive them on a coastal journey from LA to San Francisco experiencing places like Big Sur camping or hiking local trails or go to Yosemite. In LA we’d go to the Huntington, Norton Simon, LACMA, Getty, etc. Museum hopping and seeing some pop up shows and dine in trendy restaurants in Venice like Rose, or Langham outdoor bar .
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Los Angeles Art Association has helped thousands of Artists in LA and Id like to thank Peter Mays for his encouragement through the years- Also Lydia Takeshita at LA Artcore who gave me my first solo exhibition in LA in 2015 at the LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts.
Background Image Credit: Phillip Vaughn Artwork at MLY Gallery Image Credit: EMS Photography ( Solo show at LA Artcore) Image Credit Solo exhibition at Gallery 825 / Los Angeles Art Association