Interview with Ross Gribben

Interview with Ross GribbenImage courtesy of Ross Gribben

Interview with Ross Gribben

Luca Curci talk with Ross Gribben during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, second appointment of BORDERS festival, in Venice on August 2016. Ross is a designer at Heatherwick Studio, London. As a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and became a tutor for the Planning department, where he gave lectures on architecture and model making. He is both a Professional Artist and Author of the book, ‘Surviving First Year Architecture’. Most recently, while working at Heatherwick Studio, he designed the cover of Wallpaper* magazine’s 20th anniversary ‘Friction Cover’

Luca Curci – Please tell me about your the artwork shown during our festival.
Ross Gribben – The artwork shown during the festival was one of five digital pieces created to evoke the specific atmosphere of wonder and exploration. The main themes shutter between the embrace of nature; namely the sky which we never look to, the comfort of the caves that we crawl in to and the ground that we cling to.

 

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L.C. – We were attracted by your last artistic production, have the artworks presented been created for the festival, ‘Fragmented Identities’, or as a part of pre-existent works?
R. G. – The artwork was created to express the psychological impact of a building that I designed as part of my final project during my undergraduate degree in architecture. The intent was not to just portray the space but to extract and provoke the life that is nestled within it.

L.C. – When did you start practicing art and why?
R. G. – For as long as I can remember, I have been ‘artistic’. As a chronic introvert, my expressive nature is rarely verbal. I often feel that it’s only fair for people to experience my work in there own mind, reacting to it in there own, most honest way. The why, tends to be cathartic, echoing a selfish need to create. I spend a lot of time analysing things, spaces, interactions and reasons. All of which tend to be set in the schema of society. I believe that just because things are the way they are; doesn’t mean that’s the way they have to be.

 

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L.C. – Can you talk about your artistic work? What are your inspirations?
R. G. – Art is the thing that lets you speak to someone, without saying anything or by saying absolutely everything. It isn’t a hobby or a decision. Art is an abstraction of life. It is everything and everywhere. My artistic work stems from a deep seeded affliction with everything that I feel and everything that I see. It takes the form of music, literature, painting, designing, sculpting and most importantly, innovating. I am propelled by the atypical and the nuance of ideas.

L.C. – What’s the art tip you usually receive? Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
R. G. – I rarely receive tips, comments however are plentiful. I will always remember one comment given to me after my final review in my first year of studying architecture, my tutor said only one thing, “Your passion is your strength”. I often wonder if this was a nice way of saying, ‘…at least you tried’. But I like to think that it was meant as advice, and often reword the motto to, ‘You only ever fail when you stop trying’.

 

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L.C. – What art themes do you pursue? What are your preferred subjects if any?
R. G. – My artistic pursuit is split between the societal interactions of the public realm and how this is embedded within our individuality. As a student of architecture and design, I am always drawn to the expression of space and atmosphere. There tends to be a lot more to a room than four walls and a roof, if even that.

L.C. – What do you think about It’s LIQUID Platform?
R. G. – I find it both helpful and insightful for artists, so that they may have an inhabited outlet for their expressive nature.

L.C. – Do you think It’s LIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
R. G. – Yes, I believe that It’s LIQUID Group provides the opportunity for artists the reach people that otherwise would never have felt the effect of their work, taking any number of emotions and reactions from the experience.

 

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