Interview: Mariana Renthel

Interview: Mariana RenthelImage courtesy of Mariana Renthel

Interview: Mariana Renthel

Luca Curci talks with artist Mariana Renthel during BODIES+CITIES SKIN exhibition in Venice on May 2016Argentinian artist living and working in Medellin (Colombia), Mariana Renthel currently works as a Professor in the Printmaking area of the Arts Faculty at the Universidad de Antioquia. After a Printmaking Bachelor, she awarded a MFA at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá and she has been a DAAD scholarship holder many times. Mariana Renthel has lived in Barcelona and Munich almost a decade, having the chance to show her works. Recently she has been working on some projects at the CAMAC Residency Program in France and at the CDA Residency in Bodrum, Turkey. Besides, she has shown her works at the ArtBo (International Art Fair of Bogotá), then at Santorini Biennal and in an exhibition organized by the Fondazione Benetton.

 

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Luca Curci – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?

Mariana Renthel – I think the concepts surrounding BODIES+CITIES SKIN festival  are quite interesting and I have wanted to show a couple of pieces that I had for some time now. This was a great chance, and I realized by digging more into the subject that a lot of well known artists have taken part of it’s LIQUID events.

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

M.R. – I am currently working in many directions, mainly on the idea and matter related to traditional textiles and ornamentation objects and their conductive thread. I like very much this idea that objects have a carrying capacity of not only narratives but also encoded information.
I was very drawn to reviewing the work of some female textile artists that I found to be very interesting and forward thinking regarding the language and material manipulation, and also overlooked like Ruth Asawa or Leonore Tawney. Also I recently recovered my affinity towards printmaking, that was my main line of education in the past, I guess I am re-drawn to it due to the fact that I became a Faculty Professor for the printmaking area in the University I work in (UdeA).

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L.C. – There’s a lot of artwork on the market today, how do you differentiate yours from the rest?

M.R. – Most of the times I don’t pay that much of attention to art market really, and also I haven’t really worked towards or for it, I don’t like to be condition to the necessity of others while making my work, it would lose interest for me to do it. Though it has been always fruitful to share it and I recognize the market as a convenient structure and a real opportunity for artists to visualize their work, as it could also be constituted in a very wide spectrum of visions, tastes and possibilities. I guess what differentiate me (as I am sure there are others like me) is that I keep my mind open regarding different languages and mediums, as you can see in my work.

L.C. – What’s the art tip you usually receive? Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?

M.R. – The best tip I received (amongst others) was keep working cause most of the times what people call talent doesn’t really exist and the only thing that takes you far is perseverance. Of course visitors enrich me and the work I do, and I appreciate the push I get sometimes from them.

 

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L.C. – Did you style change over the years? How?

M.R. – I guess I try to avoid the idea of style as I think of it as a bit of constraining. In my opinion one can see some changes on an artist way of proceeding and aesthetic but If you put yourself in the task of tracking ones work you can totally see a coherence from the first doodle to the latest piece.

L.C. – What art themes do you pursue? What are your preferred subjects if any?

M.R. – As I have said before I would love to engage more in the textile area, though I am currently drawn also towards producing a body of work within the printmaking realm.

 

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L.C. – Did you feel comfortable cooperating with us?

M.R. – I felt very comfortable on cooperating with you.

L.C. – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?

M.R. – I hope this sort of events provide continuity in cooperations and also that hopefully projects artists careers regarding contacts with some institutions and also draw a panorama within the art market for sells and representations.

 

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