INTERVIEW: CINTIA FRECSKA | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: CINTIA FRECSKA

Interviews | August 1, 2023 |

CINTIA FRECSKA
Image courtesy of Cintia Frecska

Interview: Cintia Frecska
Luca Curci
talks with Cintia Frecska during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, the third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

“If you ask me why am I drawing at all – I cannot answer it properly, I’m afraid. All I know is that whatever I am doing as a professional job “for money”, I feel empty and distracted without drawing, and I tend to have headaches and nightmares without creating something new. The biggest artwork I have ever done lasted 4 months as a request of a friend, in a size of 65 x 90 cm, consisting of three layers. The top layer was fully made with a ballpoint pen, but that changed me for the better – giving it to its owner felt like giving away my own child for adoption. It is in Serbia now and kept over a bedroom of a couple. That was the point when I had to admit I am not only a full-time employee for a multinational company, but an artist by spirit. The reason why I did not apply for any art school was that I have always needed multiple impulses – I was interested in ancient languages and religions as well. Later I realized I also love working in customer service, meeting and talking to many kinds of people. As I feel like not “fitting in” in any areas of life, I dive into all of them, and use the essence of it as artworks later.”

CINTIA FRECSKA
Image courtesy of Cintia Frecska

LUCA CURCI – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
CINTIA FRECSKA –
I am a Hungarian self-taught artist with various interests. I studied Egyptology and Religious Studies at university, but never stopped drawing in my spare time. I had and still have three major influencers in my life that pushed me in the right direction: 1. my closest friends and family members who encouraged me to continue drawing the way I do and enjoy, 2. those people who wanted me to stop drawing at all costs, trying to make me feel worthless and not talented enough, 3. all my emotions, dreams, and the changes I experienced in my life, be it deep sadness or the highest flow of love.

CINTIA FRECSKA
Image courtesy of Cintia Frecska

LC – What is art for you?
CF –
Art is a form of survival for me, to not forget about the beautiful and amazing world around us, to learn to trust other people and myself through these portraits, and to dare to explore. Looking back at all these years since the moment I realized I can use my pen for drawing and not only for writing, it is my way to say „Hello, I exist. I was here, I am here. You might not hear my voice out loud, but here are my lines, screaming at you, silently staring at you, or gently whispering into your ears.”

CINTIA FRECSKA
Image courtesy of Cintia Frecska

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
CF –
When I have inspiration, I do not really find it, but it rather goes through me, and invites me to join the „party”. I feel inspired by a person sleeping on the seat of a bus, by a child listening to their parents patiently, by a music I just heard for the first time, by a hug from my love, by a nightmare, whatever it is, I just try to capture that magical moment the best way I can, to show the outside world how that memento looks like on my mind.

CINTIA FRECSKA
Image courtesy of Cintia Frecska

LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
CF –
I did not receive visitors’ feedback directly, but I did enjoy the slight embarrassment on their faces when looking at my artwork when they reached that part of the wall in the exhibition. Some were so embarrassed that they tried to look not so embarrassed. I can only hope I made some people stop for a second, and just relax while looking at my lines, or made them think of something.

CINTIA FRECSKA
Image courtesy of Cintia Frecska

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
CF –
I used to draw or paint rather buildings, landscapes, flowers, or maximum animals around me. Then I switched it a little and started to experiment with fantasy creatures, dreams, and unusual faces. It has remained my main and most favourable style up until now, photorealistic depiction is something the opposite I ever wanted to do. I also prefer mixing techniques, but the base of it is always a ballpoint pen as a ruling layer.

LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition?
CF –
Femininity and completeness, simple as that. My message is kind of – dare to explore the various sides of yourself, because we all have them.

CINTIA FRECSKA
Image courtesy of Cintia Frecska

LC – How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
CF –
I hope my mission is not only a single voice but a glimpse into the future, where we can be open and ourselves, no matter what.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
CF –
The opening had a very pleasant and friendly atmosphere, I enjoyed my time there. The exhibition was eye-catching, and I felt like I was exploring a hidden treasure wall-by-wall when I was searching for all the other artworks from fellow artists.

CINTIA FRECSKA
Image courtesy of Cintia Frecska

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
CF –
Yes, I totally agree. For me, it was a childhood dream to come true.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
CF –
Absolutely, for sure, it was the first, but not the last time I worked with you. The communication was clear and smooth during organizing the transport, and my participation in the event, and whatever question or doubt I had, there was always a person I could turn to.

CINTIA FRECSKA
Image courtesy of Cintia Frecska

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