Interview: Anna Tozzi
Luca Curci talks with Anna Tozzi during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, 3rd Appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Anna Tozzi, aka Atò was born in Rome. She graduated in Graphic Design and Advertising at Istituto Europeo di Design (European Institute of Design). She had a two-year working experience for a design studio followed by a series of collaborations for the conception and design of logos and brand identities. Following her passion for pictorial art, she has been working as a painter for years exploring and testing a painting technique that revolves around the expression of emotions through colour and matter. Mirroring the ever-changing spirit of the artist, Atò paintings begin showing their inner expressive content during their actual making: the mix of acrylic and PVA glue is poured on top of the canvas and spread with the brush or the spatula thus creating lines and boundaries. The initial paintbrushes and colour tones are not the real ones, and the painting takes on its ultimate shape and colours only when it dries forming a more distinct “sign” as if to convey the imprint of the artist’s emotional state.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Anna Tozzi – I started by attending courses and practising in graphics and advertising but I have always felt within me the need to express my creativity and above all to get to know myself through my passion for pictorial art. Fascinated by great artists, such as Burri and Fontana, I started painting with the aim of being recognized with a sign and conveying concepts and emotions through my works. I always repeat to myself: “I’d like one day to be recognized with a crack and to be able to convey a concept to the observer.”
LC – How did you come to your current artistic practice?
AT – I’ve been working as a painter for years exploring and testing a painting technique that revolves around the expression of emotions through colour and matter. Mirroring my everchanging spirit of the artist, paintings begin showing their inner expressive content during their actual making: the mix of acrylic and PVA glue is poured on top of the canvas and spread with the brush or the spatula thus creating lines, shapes, and cracks. The initial paintbrushes and colour tones are not the real ones, and the painting takes on its ultimate shape and colours only when it dries forming a more distinct “sign” as if to convey the imprint of my emotional state. I’ve been working on the actual series of works – named “Cracks” – trying to create wall or asphalt effects on the canvas and filling the cracks with gold.
LC – Where do you find inspiration?
AT – I paint to feel better. I paint to pull out what has been layered and covered through the years, my joys and my pains. In one word, I paint emotions.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or instinctive process?
AT – My works depend on my state of mind which changes constantly, so it is a mainly instinctive process: once the subject – a concept or an emotion – has been identified, different series was born in which the works have also changed significantly, but the technique has basically remained the same.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
AT – When I am in the creative phase, I feel euphoric and excited and I try to work on an idea as much as possible. Before starting a painting, I close my eyes and try to see it as I would like it. Once finished it is still a surprise
and emotion and I feel satisfied.
LC – What do you think of the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
AT – I immediately liked the idea of exhibiting at Future Landscapes the two works of the latest series (“Cracks”) – which represent a fracture, something that has broken, but which I wanted to fill with gold – representing a positive message, namely the hope that in this difficult moment of absolute uncertainty and bewilderment we will still find a way to get closer and be stronger than before. “Sand Wall” expresses love, the cracks give life to a kiss. In “Gray Wall” the cracks manage to give light where there is none.
LC – What do you think of the organization of our event?
AT – I think the organization is very professional. Its liquid Group can certainly represent an opportunity for us artists. Future Landscapes was one of the best exhibits I’ve ever attended.