Interview : Darja Štefancic | ITSLIQUID

Interview : Darja Štefancic

Interviews | January 30, 2018 |

Interview : Darja ŠtefancicImage courtesy of Daria Stefancic

Interview : Darja Stefancic

Luca Curci talks with Darja Stefancic during ANIMA MUNDI Festival 2017 in Venice.

The painter Darja Štefančič was born on 27 October 1957 in Postojna (Slovenia), where she still lives and works. She studied at the Faculty of Education in Ljubljana. After her youthful acquiring of artistic skills at several art schools and within different artistic orientations, she was researching the art of painting for twenty-five years on her own, away from public eye, and she did not exhibit her works during this period. Alongside she delved into the heritage of humanities – literature and philosophy – which were helpful in her search for a visual language of her own.
Her paintings in the classical medium of oil on canvas and in the meaningful square format of the support reveal unusual phantasy worlds. The artist leads us into these dreamy, subconscious gardens as if being a priestess. The paintings enchant us by their colours, living pulsating matter: they are magical, fiery pictures that give us the sensation of attending a ritual.
After her first public reappearance in 2007 she has had about thirty solo exhibitions and participated in several group exhibitions in her native country and abroad.

 

Interview : Darja ŠtefancicImage courtesy of Daria Stefancic

 

Luca Curci – How do you find your creative inspiration?

Darja Stefancic – My inspiration arises from everything I see and experience, from the world of dreams, from the direct surroundings, nature and also from the world heritage in visual arts and literature. As to my influences – I would rather call them a sense of fascination – they range in all historical periods and different styles, they also reflect in my great preference and love for the Mediterranean and its historical interlacing with the Orient (in which Venice played a significant part). Together with oriental spices, carpets and brocades, influences also came that affected art, architecture, culture of living in the entire Europe. The senses sharpened and yearning increased…

 

Interview : Darja ŠtefancicImage courtesy of Daria Stefancic

 

L.C. – What is the most challenging part about creating your artwork?

D.S. – For almost two decades a special challenge has been posed to me by a square format, the composition of the painting inside it, colour relations and the handling of the painting’s surface. The square itself is magical an infinite because of its central geometry. It dictates no direction, neither vertical nor horizontal. It is an ideal window for the transition from the material, daily life into a parallel world which, in fact, can better give sense to our lives. As for myself, I translate this experience of transition into colours, rhythms, and compositions, and re-tell them back in reality. When I step into the picture, I enter sort of an athanor, where – in a special atmosphere of mutual commitment of all elements – a unique magical process can develop whose stages and formulas get traced onto the canvas of the painting.
I therefore dedicate as much time to a painting as it needs (usually several months), and I wish that the spectator, when viewing it, can possibly be pervaded by a new sensation or the one that has been supressed in the depths of his/her sub-consciousness – the call for freedom.

 

Interview : Darja Štefancic
Image courtesy of Daria Stefancic

 

L.C. – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?

D.S. – I was pleasantly surprised at the contents of the festival.
As a human being who values beauty and spiritual wealth I am not overly convinced by the present-day mass mentality. It is disputable whether fast results are also better and whether they are not just a product of a certain form of momentary collective euphoria.
I believe that the theme of your festival invites one to wake up, to take a different, purified, clearer view of the human being and their place in the world and the universe.

 

Interview : Darja ŠtefancicImage courtesy of Daria Stefancic

L.C. – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with festival theme?

D. S. – I can say that the connection is strong, since my work deals with the human being, their freedom and lack of freedom, beauty and its endless variety, and, concurrently, with the sense of existence, absurdity of suffering, the joy of freedom and mental journeys, with the fact that in our mind we can take to the hospitable gardens of withdrawal, if we wish so.

 

Interview : Darja ŠtefancicImage courtesy of Daria Stefancic

 

L.C. – What role does art have in Society?

D.S. – I think that art is an urgent counterweight to excessive rationalism. Its role is the one of awakening: opening ways for us to the realms of the intuitive and the primordial, where we can soar above our mental landscape, take a bath in mysterious waters, and then return refreshed and more sensitive. Art is sort of a stream of light that springs up from the past, peacefully passing by temples of religions, ruins of economies and homelands, ideals, completely lacking any desire for competition, often overlooked but indestructible.

 

Interview : Darja Štefancic
Image courtesy of Daria Stefancic

L.C. – What is your idea about It’s Liquid Group?

D.S. – It is by all means extraordinarily multi-layered, open, brimming over with interesting contents, and very well conceived. I would warmly recommend anyone who is offered an opportunity to participate in the Liquid Group to seize it eagerly. I am also really impressed by the venues.

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