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Interview: Débora CarDu

Interviews | November 16, 2023 |

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Interview: Débora CarDu
Luca Curci
talks with Débora CarDu during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2023, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello in Venice.

I am a Brazilian artist based in Germany. I paint animals and tropical plants to share my love and fears about the future of the planet. I like to explore different media like watercolors, acryl, oil, markers, oil pastels and pencils. I express myself through the colors and like to mix realism with expressionism and contemporary art. Street art is also an inspiration for my art.

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Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Débora CarDu
– I am on maternity leave at the moment, so I practice 1 to 2 hours per day at night. I also read a lot about art, art history and philosophy. I believe it is important to have a theoretical basis for improving my art expression

LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
DC
– The best thing about painting to me is that I don’t think about anything while I’m painting. I just let the colors, the shapes and the feelings guide me. It is my moment of getting all the stress, sadness, frustration or even love and hope out of me and renovating myself. Before I start painting I like to search for some references and organise and clean my small studio at home. I like to have all things in the right place before start because I can focus only on the painting during the process.

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LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
DC
– Normally I chose my objects according to the feeling I would like to transmit. I Am almost choosing an animal spirit for each emotion I would like to cause in the observer.

LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
DC
– My art expresses my love for nature, principally my love for Brazilian Nature, and my fear of the future. People are exploring and exhausting resources without thinking about the consequences, not only for us but for all those animals also. Many of them are used as an object that we can replace, but we can’t. I paint to advocate for this animal’s life and to show how beautiful nature is.

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
DC
– Normally I feel good, recharged and renewed. And then I start to stare at my work completely and find all the mistakes I think I made. And then I feel good again because I could translate all the feelings I would and I remind myself that the technique is only a small part of a successful artwork.

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LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
DC
– I agree that we need to think about what the future will look like. That’s what made me start painting. A way to express our hopes or fears about the future. It is really important to care about what will be the consequences of our actions. The future depends only on us. We can determine how the landscapes will look in the future.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
DC
– My two artworks are about time. The first one, the “Passado e Futuro” is inspired by the big fire that happened in 2019 in the Amazon rainforest. It is like a time meeting when in the past the panther is burned and then in the future, she is only a small amount of bones. The other one, “Presente”, represents the present and the toucan is scary and calm at the same time. Like us, we have fear about the future of the planet, but at the same time, we are still paralysed and don’t do much to improve it.

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LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
DC
– The Organization of the event was good. I feel confident to send my artwork and I have all the support I need. It is my first exhibition and I was pretty nervous and confused about the process and I received all the support I needed.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
DC
– Totally. As I answered in the previous question, I had all the support I needed and I know how scary the first exhibition can be.

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