Interview: Carmen Garcia

Carmen GarciaImage courtesy of It’s Liquid Group

Interview: Carmen Garcia

Luca Curci talks with artist and performer Carmen Garcia during LIQUID ROOMS – THE LABYRINTH exhibition in Venice.

Carmen Garcia was born and raised in Valencia where she currently live. She studied Fine Art in Valencia and engraving and lithography in Barcelona. She had several solo and group exhibitions in Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, Girona, Kobe, Nagoya etc. She also worked as an illustrator for various publishers. Currently she is preparing several picture books while working on a project of illustrations on ceramics.

Carmen GarciaCarmen Garcia, Los animales de Frida

Luca Curci – Can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?

Carmen Garcia – The experience in Venice has been really gratifying. Venice is a wonderful city and I had the opportunity to enjoy it in a different way, to engage with people from here. Ca’ Zanardi is an impressive building and, as artists, we all were lucky to show there our works.

Carmen GarciaCarmen Garcia, Bosque Pajaros

L. C. – How was your experience with the organization, the staff, the venue and all the artists involved?

C. G. – Organizers and team were very friendly and happy at all times. I had not so much time to meet every artist, though I had conversations with a few of them and I hope to keep in touch with them in the future.

Carmen GarciaCarmen Garcia, Jardìn de Fuego

L. C. – Which was the moment you preferred most during the two openings?

C. G. – I enjoyed the first performance on the first day, the set of voice, dance and space salon Ca’ Zanardi was a very special moment. I also felt very well in our turn, with live music and the atmosphere created by lights off and small candles spread around the room.

Carmen GarciaCarmen Garcia, Zenobia

L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

C. G. – Introducing the performance entitled “The Red Labyrinth” we were three components Irene Bofill, painter and illustrator, Deo Lopez, musician who accompanied us with the oboe and me. In the room downstairs we designed a labyrinth that we covered with red sand and then with small red candles. The labyrinth symbolizes both: our path in life and the way to the Self. The sand represent the time that slips through your fingers, and candles are the light which guide us. The red symbolizes blood inside the body.

Carmen GarciaCarmen Garcia, Azul

Arianna unwraps the thread that will reveal the path of the labyrinth to reach the center. Everyone ask questions about the meaning of life, we follow a path and sometimes we find answers, it is a journey into ourselves and the solution (shown at the exit of the labyrinth) is in ourselves. It is a participatory performance. We invited people to enter the labyrinth to feel the magic, and  once at the exit we showed them the solution while we gave them a mini art book made for the occasion. The relationship of the work with the title of the exhibition is evident. The labyrinth.

Carmen GarciaImage courtesy of Carmen Garcia

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

C. G. – Although I have made artistic installations and performances earlier, I work primarily in painting and illustration. Recently I’ve presented a solo exhibition in Valencia on the theme of “women” and a book with my artwork entitled “The Book of the Moon” (Circulo de lectores) was published. We’ll continue working on the issue of labyrinth to show it in next months adding more disciplines (dance, singing, painting and meditation …).

Carmen GarciaCarmen Garcia, Jardin Azul Triptico

L. C. – What is art for you?

C. G. – To me, art is emotion, or rather the transmission of that emotion from the artist to the viewer through the object or intervention. If I had to resume in three words what I would like to express with it my works, that words would be: emotion, strength and silence.

Carmen GarciaCarmen Garcia, Eclipses

L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?

C. G. – I think it develops very interesting initiatives, joining all together artists from different disciplines and backgrounds working around a theme.

Carmen GarciaCarmen Garcia, Angel Rojo

L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?

C. G. – Of course it is an opportunity for artists to exhibit and publicize their works in different countries as well as interact with artists from around the world.

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