Interview: Consuelo Palma
Luca Curci talks with Consuelo Palma during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, the third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
“My artistic process seeks freedom, offering a world of stories that flow in an intimate space and in an unconscious imagination. I discharge through it, a complex personal inner world, since I believe in art as a flow of ideas, thoughts, emotions, contradictions that are expressed, that is why my art is a form of sharing what is sometimes not possible to do with words. Also, I seek to generate dialogue and natural paths between each element as well as between the observer and each piece of art, so my work makes sense, it gets completed, creating a story, throughout contemplation. As a result of my search, I play with various techniques and work with various series, materials and dimensions with the aim of creating relevant visual and emotional experiences. I look for significant elements that I rescue from those anonymous places that perhaps with time will fade and get resignified, integrated into a new reality. In the world of my sculptures, all made of ceramics and with a variety of techniques, I am creating series. In one of them, I evoke the Apachetas, altars dedicated to the Pachamama that the settlers of the Inca empire and other Andean prehispanic people built with stones on the side of the roads so that their travels were successful. I have sought to create my own Apachetas as a symbol of protection for those who live, like me, far from her homeland. And from this new connection with the rocks, in the other series called Stones was born, stones are natural elements that remain in time and from them, we learn patience, calm and serenity. I seek to give through this work inner calm, spirituality and strength. I work other series, paintings and sculptures, each one speaks in different ways, telling stories and narrating according to the stage I live and depending on what I want to give to the world”.
LUCA CURCI – What is art for you?
CONSUELO PALMA – Art for me is an expression of freedom in itself, it is a set of infinite flexible tools that we have in our hands with which we can offer the world everything we are, we feel, what we want to manifest and deliver. Also for me, art is in everyone and everything and is the manifestation of form, movement, sound, color, light…the world of our thoughts and our body. Through art, we have no limit or time, and the most fundamental thing is that through it we can transform and leave a mark.
LC – What are you currently working on?
CP – I am currently working on various series. I think that somehow closing some with which I continue to work in a more sporadic way since they touch on themes that live in me and I need to express myself, such as the Forastera series of paintings. And on the other hand, I continue with the Apachetas and Rocas sculptures that are my prime essence in art, they are the ones that can be seen in the Future Landscapes exhibition. And on the other hand, I am integrating into my work a line that is focused on the theme of the heart as an allegory where it tells various stories through sculptures and paintings, it is a more playful, versatile work and shows another facet of my work and of myself. As I have already mentioned, for me art is freedom and as such, I do not tie myself to a line or style but I use it as a tool to express myself or the story that I need to tell.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
CP – The most challenging thing for me is to show myself, my being and my thoughts openly. Stripping and exposing yourself is sometimes the hardest. The inner process that must be lived is almost therapeutic, it is challenging myself. And as part of this personal process, I look for new stories, concepts and internal ones to later lead them to become one of my works or a series of them. Part of this creative process in which I make my world is the process of cleaning myself from what is imposed by external factors and by others in my history, whether they be prejudices, beliefs, perceptions, etc., everything that really does not belong to you and so on. to be able to create a truly intimate and personal work in which the voice that enters it is crystalline and pure, free of unconscious or conscious influences from the world around me. So as you can see, the biggest challenge is not the technical part but the internal process that I live in my artistic process. But I can’t help but mention that another tremendous challenge is to stop being an artist and become your own salesperson. By far the most difficult thing after creating the work is to manage in the art market.
LC – What is your creative process like?
CP – My work is organized into clearly differentiated series, and in each work in different ways, there are many constants and variables. But if I try to tell you about my creative process in general terms, it has a meticulous elaboration that involves several stages, not always organized; readings, sketches, interpretations, annotations, more sketches…many of the digital, is the clear influence of graphic design in my creative process. A fundamental part is the emergence of spontaneous and instinctive ideas in the free dispersion of the mind. As in philosophy, it has been said many times, the leisure is the space in which man finds himself when he agrees to his authentic being. Leisure leads us to the best discoveries or creations. Read, observe, converse, exchange, ramble, read again, annotate, sketch…I try to consume quantities of diverse visual situations, and it is from that sea of games that the images emerge that later become my works of art.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
CP – My work is divided into different themes that are my series, some of them interconnected, others separately. As I said before, for me art is freedom, an allegory and I let it fly.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
CP – Very interesting the concept of the festival, its different exhibitions all with a very interesting and broad theme. My work is currently in the Future Landscapes exhibition and I feel that my work has a lot to do with it. Questioning the borders, visualizing the future with liquid borders gives it meaning and I see that I am not the only one with the need to visualize a world in which borders can be flexible or non-existent, as I am part of the dilemma of belonging to two countries, regardless of the reasons, but if we could make the world become one without divisions or borders, there would be more peace, equality of belonging and freedom.
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?
CP – I have been working on the series presented at this festival for several years, and some of the works were created for this exhibition, however, it is part of an existing series that is my fundamental work.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
CP – The Itsliquid platform is very interesting, documentative and varied. It is a very good space to know what happens in art and its various areas, from fashion to architecture. I like its contemporary, current and integrative concept. In addition to giving us artists the opportunity to exhibit and make ourselves known, we can connect and learn about what is happening and at the same time meet more artists, other inspiring works. I also love the concept of liquid, an element that adapts to shapes but is only one, it speaks of freedom as I mention many times, it is adaptable but flexible, it flows, it has movement…like art.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
CP – In my experience, you have an open and easy-to-interact team that is committed and offers support, providing a high-quality service. Conflicts are resolved with kindness and subtlety, and communication with you is quite fluid, of course as there are several artists at a distance and I would like a little more support in the face of the inability to be present. In project management, such as organizing group exhibitions, I feel you are very resolute and efficient, of course, this is my first experience with you but clearly you manage to do a work of high quality and excellence despite all the difficulties that it entails and the constantly changing exhibits they offer. I would love to collaborate with you, from my position as an artist, creative, as well as in different areas, either expanding Itsliquid presence to Croatia by creating networks.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
CP – This is just beginning, there are still 10 more days of exhibition, so far it has really been a pleasure, but the final and definitive answer I can give you later.