Interview: Audrey Corbin
Luca Curci talks with Audrey Corbin during the 10th Edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Audrey Corbin is an award-winning artist and musician from St. Louis, MO, USA. She comes from a family that includes several generations of different artists. Audrey has been drawing and coloring since she was a young child. Audrey’s teachers in school were the first to notice her talent and encouraged her to continue her art. Audrey won her first art contest at Age 5. Since then, Audrey has continued to draw and enhance her skills over the years which can be reflected in her artwork. She now owns Art Featuring Audrey Corbin LLC to share her artwork with the world. Besides being an artist, Audrey is also a musician that goes by the stage name Aqua Starrkixx (pronounced Star-kiss). In addition to Art Featuring Audrey Corbin LLC, Audrey also owns Aqua Starrkixx Studios LLC, Black Cat Magick Records LLC, and The Studio Cats Music Publishing House LLC.
I enjoy creating art because it makes me feel alive and have a purpose in this world. When I create art, it helps me express myself in a positive way. Art is a healing process for me and art is a healing process for many others as well. I hope when I create art, other people connect and feel it in a similar way that will start a conversation and make a positive impact in our world. When I work with my art, I am reminded that art is a universal language that connects people. Art can spark an interest and start a conversation. Art can impact lives in a positive way, no matter the situation, circumstances, or barriers that may stand in the way. I find art as an alternative way for me to start the conversation and address the issues that are normally very difficult for me to talk about in our world today. Art states the truth in a way that is easy to digest. Everyone can relate to art somehow because the visual work “speaks” to them, igniting a spark in that person. What spark is ignited, I hope people do something positive and stay true to themselves as a person or an artist. Because I live through art, I want to share my gifts with the world.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Audrey Corbin – I’ve been an artist all my life! I come from a family that has several generations of different types of artists in it, so art is something that has always come naturally to me. When I was younger, my favourite activities were drawing and colouring. I felt like I could express myself more easily through art than I could by talking to others. It’s a different form of communication, but it expresses the same emotions and feelings. When I was in middle school, I started to get into playing and producing music. In college, I studied at Berklee College of Music where I have double majors in Music Business and Music Production. While in school, I studied many different forms of art in my Art History classes. Besides my formal education, the things that have influenced my artwork the most are some of my favorite things such as Old Hollywood Glam, video games, animated television and film series, music, and cats.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
AC – My subjects vary depending on my mood or what I feel like creating. Most of the time I either have a vision for a piece or I am playing around with different techniques and that is when the spark is ignited in what to create next. Some of my favorite things to work on are Art Deco-inspired geometrical designs, subjects centred around seasonal holiday celebrations, and animals especially cats.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
AC – Being an artist is exciting nowadays. With ever-changing technology, there are so many new forms of art to explore and experiment with. I am really starting to get into Digital Art because there is so much that can be done with it. Social media and the Metaverse have really changed what art can be. I have been working with digital art that can easily be animated or become an NFT (Non-Fungible Token) for trading. In addition to Digital Art, art that uses traditional mediums of paper and art supplies can now come to life using different apps! Years ago, this would have been a dream, but now it’s a reality. I’m very excited to see what the future holds for art and technology.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
AC – Sometimes. An artist’s artwork is their baby; it’s our pride and joy. As an artist I want to show my artwork off because I am proud of it, but sometimes it’s hard to hear criticism of the piece. An artist will defend their work no matter what a person says about it. Overall, I love hearing what people have to say about my art. I make art from my heart and it brings me absolute joy. I hope my art can bring joy to others, as well as inspire others to create their own art no matter the medium.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
AC – My style has definitely changed over the years! The biggest way my art has changed is moving from the traditional medium of paper and pencil to more focused on digital art using different apps on iPad with Apple Pencil. My favorite apps to use on the iPad to create my art are Sketchbook and ProCreate. I still draw using paper and art supplies, but it’s not as much as using my iPad.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
AC – I think ITSLIQUID Group agrees with my vision of art since the team handpicked my artwork for Contemporary Venice. I love the theme this year of Mixing Identities and Future Landscapes for Contemporary Venice 2022. I feel my artwork fits most into the Mixing Identities because of the Art Deco inspired piece and what it represents.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
AC – I only have one piece in Contemporary Venice 2022. My artwork is called Art Deco No.1: Fractured Christianity. The artwork is heavily inspired by the Art Deco style that emerged in the 1920s in Paris. My artwork features the traditional characteristics of Art Deco such as the simple clean symmetrical shape, the gold metallic that represents expensive precious metals, and the use of bold colors of reds accented with black. With the use of all these elements, Art Deco No.1: Fractured Christianity is very appealing to the eyes. Everyone who looks at the artwork sees something different because if you look closely it’s an optical illusion with the lines intertwining with each other. Some people may see a star, others may see a cross, and some might just see a diamond shape. That’s what is great about this piece is everyone interprets it differently. I named it Art Deco No.1: Fractured Christianity after a conversation with my friend about the piece. When looking at the artwork he could easily see a cross, where I saw a star. This led to an interesting conversation about religion in the present day. Most religions look like they are together on the outside, but really they are falling apart on the inside due to corruption and scandal within the church giving Christians a real-life optical illusion to look at carefully. With it being numbered No.1, this artwork is the first in a collection of Art Deco-inspired pieces I have been working on.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
AC – I think ITSLIQUID Platform is a much needed platform in this day and age. I love how ITSLIQUID gives artists the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in a physical location that might not have been possible otherwise. Art brings people together, no matter if it is visual or performing arts. ITSLIQUID is using its platform to bring the global art community together and it is a very beautiful thing.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AC – Absolutely. The entire ITSLIQUID team has been extremely helpful in answering my questions and providing resources for me. The team has supported me from the very beginning and even after the exhibit.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
AC – I feel the organization of Contemporary Venice 2022 went very fast and was well organized. I was one of the last artists to join the exhibit, so everything was expedited in about a week for me. It feels surreal to me that my artwork is a part of an international contemporary art exhibit.