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Interview: Erika Barillari Davel

Interviews | March 27, 2019 |

Interview: Erika Barillari Davel
Image courtesy of Erika Barillari Davel

Interview: Erika Barillari Davel

Luca Curci talks with Erika Barillari Davel during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018, THE BODY LANGUAGE 2018 and VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2019 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Erika Barillari Davel was born in Genoa (Italy) in 1973, she lived in Italy, Dubai, South Africa, Hong Kong and then she moved to London. In 1991 she attended Paul Klee’s High School obtaining diploma in Fine Art and then, in 1993, she’s got the professional qualification of Frescoes restoration and decoration technician (recognised by EU).
Since then she has developed different interests in art, strongly increasing her experience with different media types. From 1994 to 2002 she managed her own company O Scagno de Arti producing: objects (frame, mirror, coffee table, bedside table etc.using different techniques) mosaic, trample l’oil, bas-relief, decorative cementfloor, faux finishes, azulejos, restoration of fresco, floor with technique of opus incertum, border and skirting decorated, faux wallpaper, paint techniques. She collaborated with the firm Gepco in 1994 then with La Bottega in 1996 and with the artist Alessandro Gambuzza from 1997 to 2002, travelling in all Italy. In 2002 she was asked to join other artist to work in Dubai (U.A.E) at Mercato Shopping Mall and be responsible for scenic painting of exterior and interior facades and shop fronts. Then in 2003 she moved in South Africa and she participate to the completition of Ushaka Marine World in Durban and having the opportunity to work with Kobus De Beer. In 2004 she been back in Dubai to work In IBN Battuta Shopping Mall and in the Mall of Emirates until 2005. From 2006 until 2011 she lived in South Africa and showed her fascination for the African culture in her beautiful sepia oil paintings. Most of her artwork is being 800×1000 or larger. Her speciality is capturing the expressions on the faces of the women. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.” (matt. 6;22)

Interview: Erika Barillari Davel
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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Erika Barillari Davel – It’s an important part of my life, art for me is about showing my vulnerability, belief, it’s the way I express what I’m feeling and thinking, it’s what words cannot say. It’s to aim to look inside of what appear to be seen, rather than its surface, to invite the viewers to develop a personal meaning towards the artwork observed. I hope to leave a mark of my voice and heart on the audience.

Interview: Erika Barillari Davel
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LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
EBD – I grew up in Italy where I had the opportunity to further my interest in art where my education was mainly influenced by classical art techniques. Despite my classical formative years, I always wanted to experiment with new techniques and make new experiences. Definitely the knowledge gained from my formative years influenced my creativity, the mixture of texture and elements (such as the use of classical sketching, raw amber colour, modern materials and techniques) present in my artwork, especially in my painting. I have been very blessed to have lived in many different cultures,I have tried to absorb the heritage of each place, and humbly understand and respect everything that crossed my path. I felt every moment and every place in a special way and I have tried to express this in my artwork. Of course each place influenced my evolution as an artist, making me a richer person. Every place resulted in a different artistic journey, and each one of them are clearly divergent, yet connected by the process that I use to represent them.

Interview: Erika Barillari Davel
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LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
EDB – The role that the artist plays on the society and especially the contemporary art is connected with their personality and what they have chosen for the content of their work. An artist touch society with emotions, colours that can lead, uplift or provoke the viewers. Contemporary art is so versatile that the artist can choose the role they wish to play and the way they wish to engage with our emotions and subconscious thoughts. I think our society is so frenetic, and our time so constrained by a filled schedule to be completed everyday, that we lose our glimpse of the very important moments or distant views of memories, that revealing what really is in our inner place. We have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. I’m trying to show my vision of the inner feelings that each of us have hidden inside somewhere, through the expression of an instant in the face portrayed and in the combination of my canvases. My perception of things transcends the language barrier and tries to look behind the veil of the reality to create something so imaginative that it captures your attention.

Interview: Erika Barillari Davel
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LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
EBD – I am fascinated about the faces of people, women in particular, the way their different expressions connect to an instant in time and their feelings. I particularly like to enhance the eyes in a portrait, as they reflect the light that each one of us has inside. This can change according to the situation or moment, which can make them appear dim. Portraits show the inner essence of the person, reflecting my point of view, not just a likeness. I think if you decide to draw or paint someone, in a certain way it is like falling in love, to be so fascinated about something you have seen in that person, that you decide to make that moment never die. It is like capturing a glimpse of that person in a very unique way. This is like opening a door to the most deepest part of themselves.

Interview: Erika Barillari Davel
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LC – What is your creative process like?
EBD – Painting someone for me is a mixture of figurative expression and feelings. All my paintings are different and they mean something about the person being painted. Like the majority of artists, I select my subject according to what I see and experience in everyday life. The eyes are the specific element that make me choose a person to be portrayed, it is not about the shape or the colour but that special light, and the way that I see the person I choose the colours, the brush stroke and the way the brush touches the canvas to leave a mark that represents the expression of my perception of that person. This is how I capture the core of the person, not only the surface, portraying the essence and the truth in my subject I like to play with the different sizes of the canvases that form my paintings as they are connected to the subject, and have specific meaning as they enhance my view of the person. It’ s like putting together the pieces of a puzzle , this explain the series of my work. The paintings are presented altogether as a completed element.

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LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
EBD – The “Daughters Series” it is an introspective view of these youths. Hopes, lights, dreams, are reflected on the outside in a unique way. The colours are the same, although I used different texture on this occasion to enhance the connection between them, as they know each other. It’s a part of a journey and the process of discoveries around those beautiful young women that I started since I moved here in London. All of them are very precious to me in different ways, but especially one, because represent my daughter. This is the first time that I presented altogether.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
EBD – It was a pleasure working with you, I truly appreciate your knowledge and attention to details. You are not only thorough but also easy to work with and willing to take time to discuss my concern and respond to questions.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
EBD – I think that ITSLIQUID GROUP it’s a great platform for contemporary art. It help artist to connect with the audience and get good exposition.

Interview: Erika Barillari Davel
Image courtesy of Erika Barillari Davel

Interview: Erika Barillari Davel
Image courtesy of Erika Barillari Davel

Interview: Erika Barillari Davel
Image courtesy of Erika Barillari Davel

Interview: Erika Barillari Davel
Image courtesy of Erika Barillari Davel

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