Interviews | November 24, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Dalia Slep

Interview: Dalia Slep
Luca Curci
talks with Dalia Slep during Visions, third appointment of CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023, held in Venice, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello

“I have always admired the opportunity to try and learn new things – from economics, finances, and advanced mathematics to abstract art. I have felt the invincible need to grow personally, improve my skills, leave my comfort zone and surprise myself by doing it. All these things have brought me where I am today. And today I feel gratitude and pride for having an opportunity to share my works with all of you. Abstract art impressed me with its freedom of creativity. After all, everyone discovers something personal while looking at the abstract painting. And it doesn’t matter what kind of emotions it evokes – positive or negative. If my work somehow touches the viewer’s inner self, my goal is achieved successfully.”

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Image courtesy of Dalia Slep

Luca Curci – What is the trigger that leads you to paint?
Dalia Slep –
Painting for me, is my own reflection of the environment around me, which contains both wonderful, heart-touching happy events, as well as depressing, sad or even traumatic factors. Certain experiences and emotions are sometimes easier for me to convey in paintings than in words, also on purpose to touch the viewer’s inner feelings and experiences.

LC – Which artists have somehow had an influence on your work?
DS –
I tried many techniques until I chose the ones I liked to paint the most. It was not only a path of experiments and practices, but also of seeking and obtaining theoretical knowledge, and observing the artworks of other artists. There have been and still are many talented artists in the world, whose work I admire, but I could probably say, that I can immerse myself in the pieces of Vincent van Gogh and look at them endlessly.

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Image courtesy of Dalia Slep

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
DS –
I started painting intensively, participating in exhibitions and collaborating with galleries almost five years ago. I have come a long way in my creativity research during this period. The style of the pieces also changed. In the beginning, very bright, often relief-textured works dominated, later, after I discovered one of my favorite “fog” techniques, the artworks became calmer and began to dominate softened quieted colors.

LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
DS –
Although the stylistics of the painting techniques changed over time, I remained faithful to my theme of emotions and feelings. A person often gets caught up in the fast rhythm of life and forgets to slow down, turn to himself, and recognize and understand his inner feelings, because mastering the inner world allows you to recognize yourself. To live in harmony with yourself is one of the main purposes of this life.

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LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
DS –
Painting a piece can take weeks to months, especially with the “fog” technique, where very thin, almost transparent layers are placed on top of each other. I often photograph my artwork in the middle of the process and analyze it in the photo. before making strokes on the canvas, I see in my imagination how one or another figure will look in that place when there are no more places where I could add something – the work is finished. At that moment, I just feel that I love what I see.

LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
DS –
VISIONS aims to explore all different facets of the social, physical and cultural identities of our contemporary society. I have chosen the piece SOLIDITY to exhibit at this event. All life consists of ups and downs, in any case, a person must remain himself. We can use different words to describe solidity: strength, stability, hardness, fortitude. Strength is not only manifested in physical strength, a strong person can also be someone who feels spiritual peace and is morally ready for anything.

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Image courtesy of Dalia Slep

LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
DS –
The artwork SOLIDITY is one of my last expressive works. It completes a series of intense, vivid pieces. The density of the paint, the texture, and the sharp assured strokes create a feeling of hardness and strength. Bronze color belongs to the family of browns, and it is a color associated with maturity and earthiness. Similar to the color psychology of brown, the color exudes the aura of nature and ideas of experience, growth, strength and security.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
DS –
This is not the first time I have collaborated with ITSLIQUID GROUP. Every time it is very easy to work with them. The services, that provide ITSLIQUID GROUP are of high quality and very useful for every artist, who wants to be seen globally.

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Image courtesy of Dalia Slep

LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
DS –
I think ITSLIQUID GROUP does a lot for the artists, to represent them in public. They are helpful, and caring, and you can feel support in every step of collaboration.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
DS –
It is a pleasure to work with professionals. The experience that I had with ITSLIQUID GROUP is a very positive one. I wish ITSLIQUID GROUP to keep on uniting the pieces of artists from all over the world in various exclusive and spectaculars spaces.

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