Interview: Beatrice Marri
Luca Curci talks with Beatrice Marri during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Beatrice Marri, aka MarriBi, was born on November 29, 1988, and grew up in Compito, a quiet mountain hamlet. Since childhood, she loves colours and drawings, she transfers her impressions and emotions to any surface. She does it in a language that reflects her: honest, clear and without ‘frills’. Her concepts are the fundamentals of life: the man-nature and man-technology relationships, love, innovation, freedom and civil rights. Her everyday life is hers and her gaze on the world, the inspiration comes from everywhere. She is an eclectic painter both for the various techniques and supports and for the philosophy of her works.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Beatrice Marri – I have always been drawing. Not compulsory, but constantly throughout the main steps of my life. I like the idea of following more than one line of thought and each one requires me a different style. Recently my painting activity became something basic to my daily life. When I come back from work, I often dedicate myself to painting. It mostly makes me feel good.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
BM – At night, after dinner, when I’m sad or when I’m happy, I grab my paintbrush or a pencil and the lines clarify my thoughts. I don’t use any particular ritual, it’s a spontaneous motion and that’s how I feel lucky.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
BM – I feel that beauty and harmony of form have the power to make us better people. A beautiful line, the right colour, can arouse in those who observe a work of art, a pacifying feeling, or its opposite. In terms of content, art can help people ask themselves questions about their own limits of expression and reflection. Seeing a disturbing or, on the contrary, soothing image, helps us to compare our emotional and psychological condition with what we see, to confront ourselves with the other. When the artistic message is clear, it can become a protest, a request, a help, an outlet.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
BM – I sometimes quickly notice something calling my attention and just start painting it. It is usually a quick inspiration. I might write a note in words but I do not do sketches, just see and paint, imagine and draw, read and transform into pictures.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
BM – It’s usually an instinctive process. A thought or something I see, even fleetingly, takes shape and in my projection immediately settles into the painting. This is how my creative process begins, I know exactly what I’m going to do, I just need time to transfer it to the canvas. The only exception to this mode of inspiration, was my latest project, still in the study phase, for which I am working hard, looking for exact solutions to questions still difficult to find. I hope I will be able to tell you more about it soon!
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
BM – I often think about nature and the relationships we form with it as human beings. We are in a difficult transition that deserves our deepest attention. I am fortunate to live in a magnificent place, surrounded by immense trees that often remind me that man is too small to afford the luxury of destroying nature. At the same time, the individual who gets nibbled by immoderate commerce sells himself cheaply to those who insist on more. Moving away from daily practice towards a virtual world, we take flight towards a horizon that doesn’t seem to agree with the green colour.
LC – In which way the artworks presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
BM – I cherish the hope that one day humans and nature will be able to coexist in peace. When real contact with nature occurs, it has such a powerful impact on the focused, listening to human beings that it reverberates in them for a long time. We can carve out more green space in our lives. It is a choice in our interest, it would nourish our best self.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
BM – ITSLIQUID is a solid company made up of highly qualified people who take their work seriously and are good at what they do. I have a lot of respect for your work and I have discovered some amazing artists through this experience. The exhibition was very well organized. Thank you for your support on this occasion, I hope there will be other opportunities to stay in touch.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
BM – Definitely yes.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
BM – I think it is a great fortune and a great opportunity to engage with qualified actors like you, in such an unstable field, as the artistic one is.