Interview: Adriana Setter
Luca Curci talks with Adriana Setter during the 15th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.
“Since I can remember, art, history and reading have been my passions. Even though I decided to study Law and worked as a lawyer for more than 20 years, my passions never abandoned me. They accompanied me, as I start in an Art Academy while I was at University. My beginnings were with Oil and Canvas, but now, after 40 years, I’m happy to enjoy all techniques, materials and supports, and feel very comfortable making abstract artwork, playing with geometrical shapes, circles, and black lines. The twists and turns of life took me to a new destination: Europe. Once there, I lived in the Netherlands, and put down roots in a magical place in Italy. It was at this point in my life, when I decided to follow my dreams and passions. I studied Art History and began to transform my passions into my main activity. For me, Art is the expression of soul. I think that my whole life is on my artwork, and my artworks shows my life, and the influences of all the artist that impacts on me in several ways. Today, I find myself happy whenever I face a new canvas, a piece of cardboard or a blank piece of paper, that I can transform with brush strokes, feeling that they they came straight from my soul.” (Adriana Setter)
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Adriana Setter – Nowadays, I’m working on a new Series called “Elements”. It consists of using wind, fire and water to paint. For wind, I’ve used ink and acrylic, blowing and creating air effects to spread the color over the canvas. For fire, I directly drew and created the painting with the fire of matches. On top of that, I added collage and mixed media to finish the paintings. For water, I used drops of ink and literally pour water on them, leaving the canvas dry itself. In addition, I’m working with small format and creating monochrome artworks. I’ve discovered that’s a completely new universe in art… will see how it goes.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
AD – I believe that my passion for art was always with me. I’ve lived in different countries, discovered new cultures and studied History and Art. Being extremely curious about art techniques, support and materials, gave me a strong art background. I find that painting lessons, reading, visiting museums, were a way to progress my own style. I’m always eager to learn, and now, for example, I’m trying watercolor, a new material for my work.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks? How is your creative process?
AD – Really, I’m a multifaceted person… I can start one morning with small format canvas, and finish in the afternoon with a collage on a cardboard. I find that the most challenging part is deciding which support to use, which techniques and what materials to go with. Trying to organize the many ideas and get to creating the piece, is definitely a challenge. However, sometimes I find myself with a very clear idea about what I want for the final piece, so the process is smoother.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
AD – Social media and other digital platforms have opened up new paths and an entire world for artists. From my perspective, this has changed the way things are done and has been a revolution for art. I would say being an artist nowadays is challenging because apart from our work, we need to stay up to date on these platforms, as they have become the most important way to show our work, sell our pieces and communicate with others. This requires additional knowledge, time and of course, money. However, as with any change or evolution, we need to incorporate it and learn how to work with it. Nowadays, these powerful tools rule our careers and help us get our work out in the world.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
AD – Absolutely. I was very impressed with the exhibition at Palazzo Bembo, as I thought the theme “in the air” was perfectly presented with the context and pieces perfectly matching. I liked it very much!
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
AD – I have presented “Studio“, which is a painting that belongs to a series I’ve done in 2020 about geometric art. In the painting, you can observe a palette of warm colors (amber brown, orange, yellow, and some cold grays), that portray the difference between the countryside and the city, and how they remain different when they are together. Could we say we have different lines in those places, or we are simply different in each of them? Of course, there is never one right answer and it’s open to interpretation from the spectator!
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AD – Yes, definitely! I found that ITSLIQUID GROUP focuses on the artist, is extremely professional and great to work with. On top of that, the promotional and marketing work was very well done.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AD – Oh Yes!!!! I’ve enjoyed every single part of the process, from the application to the exhibition. All of the members of the ITSLIQUID’S team are amazing! patient, dedicated, and kind, definitely making the whole experience incredible! Thank you!
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
AD – The organization was perfect. Every single detail was taken care of, and the exhibition was very creative, with perfect harmony in each room, paying attention to the theme, the colors, the different sizes of the pieces. It was very professional. So honoured of being part of it! Thank you for making it possible and looking forward to the next event.