Interview: Daphne Horev
Luca Curci talks with Daphne Horev during CONSCIOUSNESS, second appointment of the ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
I was born, raised, and got most of my art education and degrees in Israel. I define myself as a digital painter. I exhibited my art in galleries all over the world and published it in international art magazines.Most of my art style can be defined as minimalism. I feel its enormous power to condense the subject matter while leaving the viewer with a wide range of personal interpretations. I refer to some of the works as Haiku poems. Flying cranes embody for me vulnerability and spiritual power to take a leap of faith into the unknown, often pass through my works. Primordial conch shells, guarding in their womb the secrets of eons, ripple reflections in which reality becomes an ever-changing impressionist vibration, heroes form mythological stories in which I find deep existential psyche truths, making an homage and personal interpretation of masterpieces – they all are the main themes I deal with in my art.I often use gold color and gold leafing in my compositions. It enhances the work’s brightness and impact, detaches the subject matter from the realistic context, and elevates it to a metaphoric level.It grants the artworks an aura of secular sanctity.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Daphne Horev – I am currently working on my angel series, trying to find my ‘say’ in this complicated world, both inner and outer.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
DH – I do not have a particular ritual while creating my art. All I need is a period of silence. To quiet my mind and thoughts and let it go, let myself be. I have to beware of not forcing the muse to shine its golden rays over me. Then, after a while, and it can vary from days to weeks or even more, magic happens. I feel an urgent need to take my art tool which is a digital board, and start to sketch any idea that comes into my mind. When the sketches start to get meaningful, I become emotionally connected and I feel I get answers to my questions, even the ones I did not realize I had. When the work is done, it is like looking into a mirror that reveals my subconscious. Sometimes it is embarrassing but mostly it is like a revelation to me.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
DH – I have reservations about big ideas like the role of the artist in society. I feel enlisting art in a cause could turn the artwork into a propaganda poster. When an artist is completely honest with himself, his art becomes a mirror in the observer’s eyes and his truth will echo in others’ minds and hearts.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
DH – The most challenging part in creating my art is waiting patiently for the ideas to reveal themselves, waiting for the muse to appear crystal clear.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
DH – The series of angels has undergone many changes. The cranes that appear in many of my works, which embody for me the desire for freedom and the courage to take a leap of faith and embark on a journey into the unknown, became more personal. I attached their wings to my portrait as Hypnos’ wings which transform my thoughts and dreams into art.
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?
DH – Consciousness is an elusive concept: Some claim it generates only in our brain. I belong to those who feel that consciousness is the human ability to connect to an unlimited field of wisdom and knowledge that surrounds us everywhere. It was only after I had created my ‘Hitchhiking Angel’, that I became acquainted with Paul Klee’s ‘Angelus Novus’ and the thesis Walter Benjamin wrote “Theses on the Concept of History” inspired by a picture of the ‘Angelus Novos’. Only then did I realize my consciousness might have been connected to that enigmatic magical stream surrounding us and I realized my artwork fits the theme of this exhibition.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
DH – Following the tragic war events in Eastern Europe, I attached the wings to an angel who falls asleep on his watch while the world is in chaos, to another angel who does not know what to do with his used wings that do not serve him anymore, and to the angel who seeks a ride out of the inferno, cannot bear his helplessness to change reality for the better, carrying his burnt wings like a backpack. This is the ‘Hitchhiking Angle’ – the one that appears in the exhibition.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
DH – I enjoyed working with you. I love the exhibition venues in Venice and the way its rich architecture and artistic past embrace new art into it.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
DH – ITSLIQUID platform is visually very appealing. It gives clear information and invites viewers to participate and visit the various exhibitions as well as bring impressions from previous exhibitions and nowadays ones.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
DH – The artworks were presented in a dignified manner. The lighting was good and each work had a suitable display space. The artistic performances were impressive and thought-provoking. Even the refreshments served were festive and appropriate. There were events to remember!