Interviews | May 30, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of El Meaux

Interview: El Meaux
Luca Curci
talks with El Meaux during VISIONS – CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023 held in Venice at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Lucas Meaux thinks of his artwork as a visually complex portal to discussion. As someone with a background in satire and participation in political activism, he believes that art should challenge the ideals of those in positions of power; specifically, he want his work to challenge the negative connotation associated with drug use in the United States. It should not be the case that drug addicts are treated as criminals when they should be seen as a person in need of treatment. It should not be the case that stock traders are allowed to invest in marijuana industries while those in less privileged positions are jailed for nonviolent marijuana crimes. It should also not be the case that violent cartels and unregulated markets control $100 billion worth of product every year while the United States pays $40 billion to try and prevent it, but this currently is the case. His work aims to tackle this topic through the abstraction of drugstores and impressionist pieces inspired by the psychedelic and op-artists of the 70s, surrealists like Magritte and Dali, and contemporary artists like Josh Byer and Takashi Murakami. He finds complexity to be the most important and enticing aspect of painting and have always had an interest in old ‘Magic Eye’ posters and Wimmelbilderbücher. In addition to painting he has an interest for 3D modeling and digital work as well as animation, which he aspires to utilize in interactive digital media and film.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
El Meaux
– Art is a way to express things that words cannot. I think that I have a difficult time locating/verbalizing exactly what I’m thinking and feeling most of the time, so it’s nice to have another method of expressing myself. I also feel that making art is very cathartic (when I’m able to execute pieces well), but it’s a double-edged sword and it can also really bring me down if a piece doesn’t meet my expectations.

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LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
EM – I have been making art for as long as I can remember. My mom is a very talented painter and craftsperson, and my dad has been making ceramics for most of his life. So, art came to me very organically.

LC – What issues do you intend to deal with in the future?
EM –
That’s a good question. Most of my focus in college was activist pieces regarding drug rescheduling,
legalization, and education. However, I find myself moving in a different direction lately, and I’m more
interested in creating environmental work and painting psychedelic landscapes.

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LC – Is there an unrealized or unrealizable project, even a crazy one, that you would like to work on?
EM –
I would eventually like to create a stone or marble version of my Mind Machine sculpture scaled up several times, but I do not have the resources to achieve this vision.

LC – What are the three hashtags essential to define your poetics that you could not give up?
EM –
#HippieModernism #Surrealist #Colorful

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LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
EM –
The “Mind Machine” is a sculpture, but it is also a ritual piece meant to aid a person in finding inspiration. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ talks about catching a poem by its tail in one of her TED talks, so I took that idea and turned it into a physical object that an individual might use to capture and focus their inspiration.

LC –  Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
EM –
I think visions are a great theme for an exhibition. It’s a term with a wide breadth of meanings ranging from foresight to visual analysis.

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Image courtesy of El Meaux

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
EM –
I think ITSLIQUID does a great job of reaching out to a number of diverse people from around the globe. It’s nice to have an accessible platform to share art.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
EM –
I would appreciate more resources in regards to return shipping out of Italy. I found the process a bit difficult as I have not had to organize shipping from a country outside of the United States before.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
EM –
Yes! I found Melis to be a very helpful resource throughout the process.

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