Interview with an Artist - Sebastian Zaplan
What inspired you to do your art?
I had a long journey in discovering what I was good at. My mum played a big role in this, as from the age of seven she took me to different courses like dance, canto (singing), karate, and painting/drawing. I discovered that art was the thing I was good at. I developed my skills by winning contests and going to classes weekly. Being in Bucharest, I always saw graffiti (tags, bombs, stencils) and I wanted to do that, it looked cool and everyone was able to see it. My progress was influenced by being in an art high school and university. I’ve found that I have always been passionate about animals, growing up around animals and always having a cat made me more aware to what’s happening in the world. The pollution from humans and deforestation were the main focuses of mine during this exhibition.
How long have you been doing art?
I’ve done art since I was eight, so for fifteen years.
Is there a message you would like to portray with your art?
There is! I took something small like the plastic from cigarette packs or cigarette butts or crisp packets, showing how they add up. You may think it’s just one bit of rubbish but if everyone thinks that, imagine how much will continue to gather in our oceans.
I understand that deforestation is unavoidable, but
please plant something back as it’s morally right. Poaching? It’s bad, with everything going around now, this should be the last thing people want, to endanger species more for