Luca Curci talks with Anna Spano during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, second appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Anna Spano, was born in 1967 in Nardò. She drives her inspiration from the colors of her homeland in Salento: the Blu of the Ionian Sea, the Red of the soil, and the White of the stones. Her dynamic but introvert spirit can be visible in her early artwork since the age of 6. Her production continued throughout her youth, during which she painted portraits on commission and took part into local exhibitions. She dedicated her life to family until 2017, when the breakthrough arrived. Painting becomes the ransom to her life spent inside ”the box”, a crucial and irreplaceable tool to liberate her rebel spirit, a shelter to the cruelty and the cold materialism of the word. Her first work ”Respiro” describes her spiritual rebirth as a breathe of a new sparkling life, where colors prevails over form. The following works, such us ”La forza dell’Amore” focus on love as the essential feeling of human life. She struggle to represent her idea of the Universe, where the boundaries between nature and imagination, between reality and dream are imperceptible. Therefore the need of the artist to impress on the canvas the never-ending flow of the Soul.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Anna Spano – Art has always been part of my life. I used to go with my father to the singing rehearsals or the plays he wrote, I used to act and sing, I studied ballet; in short, art has always been a means of stimulating my imagination and dreaming of a parallel world where everything was possible and achievable. I have always been very demanding with whom I loved, but I have not always been understood and this makes me feel sad. There is an inner universe within us, which is not easy to externalize, and it is made up of melancholy, fear, passion, anger, resignation, strength, vitality. Painting has always represented for me the simplest and most natural way to express them.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
AS – As a young woman, I was more introverted and this was visible in my paintings, which were monochromatic and dull; however, I liked to accentuate the play of light and shadow until it became an explosion of color. Then, when more mature, I realized that I had to listen to my heart and get rid of taboos. This is how the true exuberant and imaginative personality – that the vicissitudes of life had forced me to suffocate – came out. From that moment on, my works have sprung from a personal reflection on the negative things I experienced and how I wish they were. Love – as I intend it to be – does not give up in the face of the difficulties of life and always wins, being a strong and pure feeling.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
AS – A theme that often recurs in my works is the awareness of the limits of the human and animal world in relation to eternity and the greatness of Creation. Despite being such a small being, the human being becomes a Subject thanks to the power of Love that he carries within, and he is not swallowed up by the chaos, but manages to save himself even in the face of the most terrifying catastrophes. Man is not overwhelmed by the mysterious universe, but becomes its central and essential element, nor does he fear the other spiritual and otherworldly presences that populate it.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
AS – In my opinion, today art has been negatively affected by the phenomenon of globalization and consumerism, flattening out thus becoming decorative rather than introspective art. I think it is not so much the technique, the ability or the desire to amaze with special effects that an artist must explore, but the message, the feeling that the work must convey, first of all to artists, who express ourselves, and then to the public.
LC – What is the message linked to the art work you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the event?
AS – The theme of this exhibition, ”Borders”, is one I continually deal with in my art, because it makes me long speculate. Borders, be they physical or psychological, inevitably lead to isolation. But we must grasp the positive side: if isolating oneself implies finding a new meaning to things, a desire for change, to reimagine our community based on respect for mankind and nature, then isolation is a unique opportunity, especially in our liquid society, where there are hardly any values or reference points from wich to start again.
LC – What do you think about our organization of the event? Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AS – The organization of the events was technically very satisfactory and I think it gave good visibility to all of us, giving us the chance to be appreciated internationally; I hope those artists who more than others have been able to meet the expectations of the majority of visitors will be rewarded. Sincere thanks for selecting me and for offering me this wonderful opportunity.