Blanca Giménez – Winner of It’s LIQUID International Contest 3rd Edition

Blanca GiménezBlanca Giménez, Lugares fronterizos (Hogar), 2013. Video still

Blanca Giménez – Winner of It’s LIQUID International Contest 3rd Edition

Born in Valencia in 1987, Blanca Giménez has graduated in Fine Arts and has a Master’s Degree in Visual and Multimedia Art. She has participated in many screenings and exhibitions in Spain and abroad. Always told in the first person, her work focuses on the intimate and the private sphere, on everyday elements and objects and on its relationship with the human being.

Blanca GiménezBlanca Giménez, Lugares fronterizos (Hogar), 2013. Video still

Luca Curci – When you start practicing art and why?

Blanca Giménez – I think there was not a strong reason that led me to start practicing Art. I guess I always liked to paint, that’s why I went to an Art Academy on Saturdays when I was a child and started my Fine Arts studies in 2005. But the real reason to become an artist came later, it was not until the last two years of my Degree that I developed a personal style, which was enhanced during the year I studied a Master in Visual and Multimedia Art and of course after the training period. I have to say that I learned a lot during these years and that University training is completely responsible for my broad vision of the global Art scene. I left the brushes behind and learned that there was a lot much to do in other artistic fields in which I felt more confortable with.

Blanca GiménezBlanca Giménez, Un mar de lágrimas, 2011. Video still

L. C. – Can you talk about your artistic work? Which are your inspirations?

B. G. – I love to work with space, objects and light (both direct light or video screenings), that’s why I feel more comfortable in Installation Art. I’m essentially interested in creating and recreating spaces, environments, atmospheres, taking shapes to different emotions and feelings. Anyway, I love to build diverse spaces in which the viewer can be put in (real or metaphorically) in order to better comprehend the project’s intention.
Regarding the content of my pieces, I usually work with personal experiences. Most of them are autobiographical and speak about different moments in my life. Memories, couple relationships or concepts like home, privacy or intimacy are recurrent themes of my work, always treated from a critical and analytical point of view.
My inspirations come both from the Arts (Visual Art, Cinema) and everyday life. As an artist I like to visit Art exhibitions and get in touch with different artists and his/her work. This keeps you naturally active in the creative process. But sometimes there are also little things in your everyday life that inspire you to develop some premature ideas. A conversation, a daily object or just a fleeting image are sometimes the true catalyst for a work.

Blanca GiménezBlanca Giménez, 8984 (noches), 2012. Multimedia installation

L.C. – What are you currently working on?

B.G. – I am focused in distributing my last audio-visual project, Lugares fronterizos (Hogar), which has been already shown in different points of Spain, Serbia and Australia amongst others. I am also developing the first ideas for a project I will be working out in the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid between April and June 2014 thanks to the Pilar Juncosa & Sotheby’s Awards and Grants. I am very excited about this opportunity, in which I will create diverse objects from natural elements.

Blanca GiménezBlanca Giménez, Matriz II, 2011. Object

L. C. – What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

B. G. – Work hard, consume Art, keep your eyes open, don’t give up. In other words, just work. It seems topical, but after a couple of years professionally dedicated to the artistic practice I think it is the most sincere and efficient advice you can give. When you are in a difficult phase of a project and you don’t know how to continue, the best you can do is just continue working. Reflection is always important, but sometimes it doesn’t let you move on. The right balance between reflection and practice is always the most difficult and at the same time the most important point to find out.

Blanca GiménezBlanca Giménez, Matriz, 2011. Object

L. C. – What is art for you?

B. G. – I really think Art is everywhere. Of course, there are pieces that are created with a specific artistic purpose, but I do not only pay attention to these works of Art. I like to see artistic contents in everything that surrounds me; it is also a huge source of inspiration to my own works. However, what in my opinion defines a work of Art is definitely not its appearance, but a desire to express something to the public. For me, the big works of Art are the ones that keep you thinking after seeing them and activate something in your brain.

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