Interview: Flaminia Staderini
Luca Curci talks with Flaminia Staderini, during CONTEMPORARY VENICE – 12TH EDITION held at Palazzo Albrizzi – Capello.
“I was born in 1978 in my beloved hometown of Rome, where I currently live. I pursued a degree in law, obtained my license to practice as a lawyer, and now work in the legal department of a large company. Art has always held paramount significance in my life. I have been raised in a family where every manifestation of art is deemed essential. My father, Paolo Staderini, a writer, artist, and intellectual, instilled in me a love for art in all its forms. Since the beginning of my journey as an artist I have been experimenting with various techniques until I discovered my unique artistic style: creating freehand replicated “circles of light” on canvas. My paintings revolve around interconnected “circles of light” that touch, overlap, and chase each other in an endless dance. They leave behind luminous trails that shimmer in the dark. Each circle overlaps with others, creating a cosmic ballet of connections and interactions. The movement of the circles forms an almost hypnotic pattern, serving as a gateway or portal to an alternative reality. I position my paintings between reality and imagination, in that space between wakefulness and dream, accessible only through temporarily abandoning logical-rational thinking. My goal is to evoke the enchantment experienced when observing glimmers on the sea’s surface, dust particles in a sunbeam, or light filtering through a crack. To achieve a three-dimensional effect, I focus on the crucial use of colors, with blue predominating in my works. Blue, associated with the sky and the sea, with its infinite shades and depths, is perfect for evoking a sense of wonder and mystery. The technique I employ requires time and patience, transforming the circles and their luminous trails into an irresistible invitation to distance oneself from daily concerns. This encourages abandoning logical patterns and predefined concepts, prompting reflection on new meanings, the interconnectedness of elements in the universe, the concept of infinity, and our relationship with it.”
Luca Curci – What is the trigger that leads you to paint?
Flaminia Staderini – The creation of each painting is a journey into a new world, an unforeseen dimension that I neither can nor want to predict. Each circle is painted freehand with my full attention, turning the painting process into a meditative journey. It’s the desire to transcend the boundaries of physical space through painting that draws me to the easel every time.
LC – Which artists have somehow had an influence on your work?
FS – As I mentioned before, I grew up in a family where art holds great importance. The most significant influence was undoubtedly my father. If I have to mention artists he made me appreciate, I’d say, Damien Hirst, Paul Klee and Alighiero Boetti.
LC – How much has the city/country in which you grew up/born affected your work as an artist?
FS – I was born and currently reside in Italy, specifically in my beloved Rome, often referred to as the world’s largest open-air art gallery. This city significantly shapes every facet of life, but it possesses a resilient core that one must learn to conquer. To truly appreciate it, you must attune yourself to Rome beyond the challenges of traffic, smog, urban chaos, and instances of decay. In this city, regardless of your location or mood, beauty envelops you. I’m not solely referring to the artworks in our museums or the remnants of our historical past lining the streets. It extends to the glimpses of blue sky that emerge through the alleyways near Piazza Navona, the buildings adorned in golden hues during the early afternoon, and the lamppost reflections in puddles amid the “sampietrini”. Rome is a delight for all five senses and, as such, demands to be listened to, observed, savoured, touched, and smelled.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
FS – Unfortunately, I couldn’t physically attend the exhibition opening, so I couldn’t interact with visitors. Anyways, exhibitions are the perfect place for dialogue, diverse perspectives, exchange of ideas, and receiving critical and constructive feedback. I have no doubt that the interaction with the exhibition visitors and other artists would have enriched me both as an artist and as a person.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
FS – Once I found my expressive key, I did not change my style. Obviously, I refined my technique over time, but I remained true to my “circles of light”.
LC – Is there an unrealised or unrealisable project, even a crazy one, that you would like to work on?
FS – I occasionally dream of combining my circles with resin for a three-dimensional concept, but for now, it remains a dream due to the potential messiness!
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
FS – They are part of preexisting works. Thank you so much for your kind words.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
FS – The concept of the exhibition and your overall vision of art immediately struck me, and I can only agree with them. Water ultimately represents the origin of life, and art itself is life. We come from water and are made of water, connecting all the other elements. The fluidity, the absence of defined forms, blending of boundaries, and reorganization of margins convey the idea of a living and ever-moving art. The particles that break apart, move away but remain connected and take on different configurations are a central theme in my works. Moreover, the chosen location for the exhibition, Venice, our beautiful city floating on water, undoubtedly serves as the perfect setting to emphasize these concepts.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
FS – ITSLIQUID GROUP is an excellent opportunity for artists because it provides a range of diversified and personalized tools based on the needs of each artist. It aids those at the beginning of their artistic journey, helping them grow and gain recognition, as well as more experienced artists by expanding their audience and making them stand out internationally.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
FS – I enjoyed it immensely. Despite not being able to attend the exhibition opening, the videos and photos shared on your social networks allowed me to fully enjoy the experience. Your team is professional, responsive, and supportive throughout the process. Thank you.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
FS – It’s highly effective. I’m really happy to be a part of it.