Interview: Arezou Ramezani
Luca Curci talks with Arezou Ramezani during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY 2021, 2nd Edition, at Valid World Hall Gallery.
Raised and born (1990) in Iran Tehran, currently based in London, the UK . Having pursued two masters in Animation, Arezou loves to use different mediums. She believes sharing emotions is essential that’s why she investigates the human’s rawest feelings through her art where she conveys an emotion and evokes a feeling to the audience. In her ink paintings, she gets inspired by music, human emotions and her own experiences where she expresses herself by drawing figures and portraits through hatched black ink lines that are in juxtaposition of fluid colourful inks. She believes humans go through common experiences and art is the language we all understand and that’s why in her art she tries to connect to the deeper layers of inner feelings of the audience and hopes they resonate with them.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Arezou Ramezani – I have few projects going on at the moment. Similar to what I exhibited in the Barcelona Contemporary Art Fair, I am making another video art with the same 2D animation style in glitch and fractal art. Since I moved back to London, it has given me a new insight to do more photography and I am planning to gather a collection of photos based on what catches my eyes on a daily basis. Whenever I go out for a walk I try to take some street photographs which I hope to turn into a collection that I can exhibit in the future. I am also working on a series of mini paintings of self-portrait which represents my different moods and fleeting emotions at the time.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
AR – I have a BA in Visual Communications and I have pursued two masters in Animation from Arts University of Tehran and Bournemouth. I have developed my evocative ink style paintings where I mostly paint figurative drawings and portraits with hatched black ink lines that are in juxtaposition of fluid colourful inks. It is mostly inspired by music, my own experiences and human emotions which I think everyone around the world can associate with. I also have a lot of passion for animation and throughout the years I familiarised myself with different styles and possibilities that you can get through this medium. So video art is something that allowed me to merge my artistic vision as a visual artist to my animating and drawing skills. I think we have a tendency to bury our emotions often and I was thinking of the idea of lost inner child quite a lot, simultaneously I was reading a lot about being bombarded by news and information on today’s world, therefore my work is replicating the time that we lose touch with our inner child. That’s where I get the inspiration to create this video art which inspired me to make another one from this series called” Arraignment of inner child”
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
AR – I have developed my ink style over the years. But I love experimenting with new materials and media whenever I get the chance. Art is an international language, and it has no boundaries. My style varies a lot – but no matter what medium I use to make art, I love to provoke an emotion and convey a feeling to the audience. My glitch art animation demonstrates the same with its visuals and sounds. As an experimental animator, Glitch Art was a new medium for me to work with. I loved the process of figuring out the different forms of glitches and being able to visualise and combine them in a form of animation. I use every technique in favour of my work and the message I wanted to deliver to the audience.
LC- What is your creative process like?
AR – It really depends on the project. Whenever I have a spark of an idea I try to make a few sketches and roughly bring the idea to life and try to imagine what medium would work the best for it. Sometimes I write about my ideas or if necessary I research about it. As I mentioned earlier, I get most of my inspirations from music, human emotions and my own experiences. “Aberration of Inner Child” this experimental glitch animated video art is about the constant war within us and the struggle to stay aware and conscious in a world full of noises and distractions. This piece of work is layered with glitch animation and video. The synchronised sound effects add an ambiance to my work. I chose one of my old dolls as a nostalgic object and played around with light and shadow while shooting it, then I animated on top of it. It was a very fun process to work on this project from shooting the video to animate and sound design.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
AR – Every project is a new journey for me. If I get out of my comfort zone and use a new approach or technique for me that’s where a lot of trials and failures happen and that’s a beauty of my work which I love.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
AR – I exhibited this work for the first time in the Platform 101 “Pixel:Glitch Language” group video art exhibition which was one of its own kind in Iran and a pioneering glitch exhibition. In fact that’s how I got into glitch art and continuing to develop more video arts. This video art was also screened at some other online film festivals and digital art festivals and it is going to be in an exhibition in Athens in September.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
AR – Here is the statement of my video art “Aberration of inner child”: We all lose touch with our inner child at one time or another. Being bombarded by information and data on a daily basis keeps us so occupied and distracts us from our core values and integrities. It has become harder to deflect the noises of everyday life, an arduous journey to enlighten and protect one’s inner child. I used glitch to demonstrate the subject of lost and weary souls in today’s world and the memories that can be continuously edited, constructed, and reconstructed that have left us but we still cling onto. My work deploys a dreamy world and shows the thug-o-war within oneself to go from the dark side to the bright side, trying to stay aware while being surrounded by too many noises and parasites. I think this is related to mixing identities where we analyse the hidden parts of ourselves and trying to discover our inner self.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
AR – I think it is doing a phenomenal job by doing so many competitions, exhibitions and documenting the artist’s journey and events. They always keep the spirit of ART alive and despite all the restrictions due to covid, I love how you keep going with so much energy.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
AR – It definitely has a crucial role in that by representing diverse artists from different countries around the world and giving them an equal opportunity to showcase their work in such cool places around the world. I know that organising such exhibitions is very difficult and I would like to thank you for keeping doing this.
LC -Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AR – Of course, I am very honoured to be part of the Barcelona Contemporary Art Fair. And although I couldn’t make it to the exhibition, the staff were very kind enough to share a video of my work with me and keep me posted. I have also got to know some more amazing artists from all around the world and I am very pleased to be part of Itsliquid project.