With every Stylelikeu shoot, I realize more and more how I have synthesized a piece or two from each person into my own visual expression. Looking back at Licsi, I realize that I have not taken up painting or fine arts of any kind like I said I would when I left her place, but I have not taken off a long feather earring since. She sees herself as a powerful animal when she dresses, whereas my imagination is more inspired by the kingdom of the American Indian, with a headdress always on my mind.
When Licsi says that she likes to become a kaleidoscope of her fantasy world when she dresses, it has the sound of a beautiful acid trip. And her description of the fall of communism in her native Hungary when she was around fifteen, concurrent with a boom of art and spirituality, sounds like one, too. After having only two channels to choose from on the television and a weird grayness that cast over everything from pollution, Licsi says everything got cleaner and brighter: “People started to paint their houses and… it was like a revolution of color.” Hearing this makes me hopeful and excited for the citizens of the Middle East right now.
Licsi’s polychromatic hues were apparent at twelve years old, when she dreamt of making her own paint colors and pigments by grinding up stones, using eggs and other traditional techniques in order to create an image with more power. Her quest for accessing her strongest, most authentic self as an artist living in Brooklyn today, which she refers to as a portal of creative energy, is still alive and well. The spectrums of Licsi’s influences are similar to her love of masks in their ability to express her many elements: the earthy part in longer hemlines and embroidery, the hip-hop guru in silver pants and plastic belts, the tropical bird in colors, the mystic in geometrics and archaic symbols and the gypsy seductress in hand knit thigh-high boots.
It is notable that Licsi was born in a country that suppressed individuality and that she sees comfort in her style as anything that represents her without a worry about what people think. It makes me think of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, in which he says that adversity pushes you towards your calling. In Hungary, there is a term which means Life Artist. Licsi explains that it means anyone who expresses their flow and creativity and is the master of their craft and their world.