INTERVIEW: ANITA FLEERAKERS | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: ANITA FLEERAKERS

Interviews | June 30, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Anita Fleerakers

Interview: Anita Fleerakers
Luca Curci
talks with Anita Fleerakers during HYBRID IDENTITIES, first appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Anita Fleerakers was born in Tielenin 1959, grew up near the watermill. She lives in Gierle, a picturesque village in the Campine countryside near Turnhout. Anita studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Turnhout (Belgium), in the ceramics studio led by Walter De Wolf and Gerda Steegmans. Because she was in preference for visual design, she also worked in the sculpture studio under the direction of Staf Colruyt and Walter Frans. She continued her training in sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp (Belgium). In 2021, Anita attended the Business Speaker Program training with Ianka Fleerackers, the renowned Thought Leaders Academy. Ianka Fleerackers is storyteller, writer and speaker.

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Image courtesy of Anita Fleerakers

Luca Curci – How did you arrive at your current artistic practice?
Anita Fleerakers –
After more than 30 years of professional artistry during which I shaped several tonnes of clay into sculptures, the Covid-19 virus came, crippling the world. Everyone had to go into isolation quarentine, scheduled exhibitions were cancelled, thousands of euros in registration fees frozen. Will these exhibitions continue? Yes , then no again, yes again and still no. Children and grandchildren were far away, sadness increased. I felt worthless and became despondent, took a glass of wine, my computer and looked at the photos of my creations. Using different programmes, I started editing the photos of my creations, cutting, pasting, colouring. A symbiosis arose, I created a field of tension, I wanted to know how far I could go. Will my work remain recognisable or will it be something totally new? I felt my creative urge bubbling up again. My happiness returned , I was a happy and satisfied person again.

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Image courtesy of Anita Fleerakers

LC – Which artists have influenced your work in one way or another?
AF –
Actually, I am not such a specific artist. I am very strict with myself and definitely don’t want to get in the way of other artists or be linked to them. Design, movement and strength are the main elements my works have to comply with. I rarely go to see exhibitions , the reason being that I am always jealous because my work is not on display or hanging there. A slight deformation of my mind perhaps.

LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
AF –
The main temas in my works are movement and power. A movement is the result of energy, energy charged by emotion, an emotion in turn forms energy through which a movement follows. Each time, I want to capture this movement in clay, in an image. I then photograph this image, if the image is not well formed then my photo is nothing and I can’t start digitally. Of course, I always start by conserving animals or people in motion. This results in strength, dance, anger, modesty, in short, the feelings of humans and/or animals.

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Image courtesy of Anita Fleerakers

LC – What is it like to be an artist these days?
AF –
Being an artist is more challenging than ever. We currently live in a world where there are fewer and fewer boundaries and respect, so as an artist you have to be more careful than ever to be well surrounded so that you protect your creations. Everyone walks past the exhibition with their smartphones and films them. People don’t even ask permission and they are surprised when you make a comment about it. That’s why I joined SABAM Belgium to protect my rights. That way I make it easier for myself.

LC – Which artists have influenced your work in one way or another?
AF –
Actually, I am not such a specific artist. I am very strict with myself and certainly don’t want to get in the way of other artists or be linked to them. Design, movement and strength are the main elements my works have to comply with. I rarely go to see exhibitions , the reason being that I am always jealous because my work is not on display or hanging there. A slight deformation of my mind perhaps.

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Image courtesy of Anita Fleerakers

LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
AF –
The main themes in my works are movement and power. A movement is the result of energy, energy charged by emotion, an emotion in turn forms energy through which a movement follows. Each time, I want to capture this movement in clay, in an image. I then photograph this image, if the image is not well-formed then my photo is nothing and I can’t start digitally. Of course, I always start by conserving animals or people in motion. This results in strength, dance, anger, modesty, in short, the feelings of humans and/or animals.

LC – What is it like to be an artist these days?
AF –
Being an artist is more challenging than ever. We currently live in a world where there are fewer and fewer boundaries and respect, so as an artist you have to be more careful than ever to be well surrounded so that you protect your creations. Everyone walks past the exhibition with their smartphones and films them. People don’t even ask permission and they are surprised when you make a comment about it. That’s why I joined SABAM Belgium to protect my rights. That way I make it easier for myself.

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Image courtesy of Anita Fleerakers

LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich you and your art?
AF –
For me, creating is meant to amaze, surprise and delight people. It rarely happens that people give suggestions, to me it would feel like not being complete or not succeeding in my intention. So my answer is No.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think of the theme of the exhibition?
AF –
What you are doing is very important, supporting artists by showing their works to a large audience and doing so in a beautiful environment where the works are fully appreciated. This is always with content around a theme.

LC – Can you explain something about the works of art in our exhibition?
AF –
My works “Crazy Bulle Red Blue” and “The Yellow Bleus Bull” are two works created during the Covid Quarentaine, being isolated has forced me to look at my sculptures in a different way. It led me to reflect on my images, look at them through the lens of my photographic device and edit them with digital programmes. In short, playing with hand-formed shapes via photographs through digital edits. It made the Bull Crazy and Bleu Blue!

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Image courtesy of Anita Fleerakers

LC – What do you think of the ITSLIQUID Platform?
AF –
It is an important international platform that allows an exhibition to be visited by Itsliquid worldwide.

LC – What do you think about the organisation of our event?
AF –
It is my first collaboration with you, I will regularly visit your website to see how and where you exhibit my works. I will definitely visit once to come and see on-site and make a determination.

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Image courtesy of Anita Fleerakers

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