Interview: Dalia Slep
Luca Curci talks with Dalia Slep during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021 – 14TH EDITION, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
My name is Dalia. I was born and live in Lithuania, I have tried pouring techniques, also drawing realistic artworks for a while, I have realized that abstract art allows me to express my emotions, to express myself. I found myself in abstract art. Each picture tells a different story, different emotions. I love the whole process of painting, you never know what emotions will it evoke, especially I like when the final result surprises me as well. Painting is my passion, it‘s a wonderful feeling when people can feel a bit of me through my created pieces. Abstract art is fetching. Anyone can give an individual, personal meaning to an artwork. I want to evoke emotion, bad or good doesn’t matter, if a person feels something looking at my pieces – my purpose is achieved. Painting can be a lifelong learning experience, especially when so much information can be found in the online space. I am constantly trying to get new experiences from other painters, one of the realistic technique artists that I learned from was Joseph Patric Daniels. Also, I am currently a student at Morley College London, where I am deepening my knowledge of abstract art. My artworks have been exhibited in Alicante, Fuerteventura, Genoa, Milan, Madrid, Monaco, London. The artist-run platform „Dark Yellow Dot“ has been named as an artist of the month. Also, one of my artworks was selected to participate in the London Art Biennale 2021.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Dalia Slep – I always considered myself an introvert. I was always comfortable being with myself, being with my thoughts, more than in a large crowd of people. I always had lots of thoughts, and they were changing very quickly in my head, and words lacking to express them. When I am evoked by any emotions, I take a paintbrush in my hands. I realized that I feel relief when I pour my emotions or some thoughts on canvas, and with that, I was able to unload myself, sometimes to calm down, or to release negativity. In abstract art, I found myself, which allows me to express evoked feelings and thoughts, which sometimes is easier to paint.
LC – How is your creative process? Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
DS – I very rarely plan my creative process. I usually create when I feel that I need to do it. Of course, it happens almost every day, but that feeling comes from inside. Very often in my artworks, you will find some kind of emotion like sadness, sensitivity or joy. I like it the most when different emotions evoke me during the process, the result could surprise even me.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
DS – Nowadays being an artist has its benefits and challenges. Art has no borders. The availability to see artists’ works from the other side of the planet is much easier. There are many opportunities to show your pieces even on a global scale. On the other hand, it’s also very hard to stand out with something new, to surprise. But I think if you do what makes your heartburn, if you have your unique style, you will definitely be noticed.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
DS – No matter how different the personalities are, in fact, all people are very similar, the nature of emotions is the same for everyone. When we deny and hide them, we become nervous and depressed, making it harder to connect with others. And when we allow emotions to exist, when we understand and even use them, we immediately become healthier. We are very connected, we need another person to share our emotions. And I share my emotions, my experience through my pieces “Sensitivity” and “Fall”.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event? Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
DS – This is my first experience with ITSLIQUID Group, but I could say it‘s very easy to work with them. They are helpful, caring and professional. The service is just perfect. With the help of ITSLIQUID Group, my works can be seen globally and it is very important for every artist. They are highly professional and they are so supportive in each and every moment. I’m looking forward to more opportunities and for beautiful further collaborations in the future.