Interview: Franca Dariol
Luca Curci talks with Franca Dariol during MIXING IDENTITIES, the third appointment of CANVAS International Art Fair, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
Born in Treviso in 1970, Franca Dariol graduated from the State Art School. Since 2000 she has lived in Meolo (VE), Italy, with her son. In 2012, after a break due to professional and family commitments, she resumed her artistic activity in all respects. After experimenting with Baba Bedi’s psychic techniques for five years and organizing various exhibitions, the artist felt the need to integrate this new knowledge into the figurative psychic portrait. In an atmosphere of research with art therapy, chromotherapy and bio-transenergetic background, Franca Dariol today aims to make use of art as a means of inner healing and raise the vibrations of the environments in which her canvases will be placed.
“Since 2015 I have been dealing with psychic portraits, including figurative ones, on canvas or cardboard. An intrinsic characteristic of mine. The traditional figurative portrait mostly represents the external image of the person, crystalized at that moment. But persons are much more, they have a whole series of inner motions, an energy that characterizes their interests, job, fulfilling or not fulfilling relationships, loved ones, guides, past, present, future, goals, wounds, joys, falls, aura and their unique colors emanate something typically and so on..”. Currently, the artistic direction undertaken by Franca Dariol is to portray people in the entirety of their world, both in the psychic aspect, giving an evolutionary thrust, and in the physical one, picturing also abstract concepts.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Franca Dariol – I believe that art is a condensed expression of the infinite, or of the divine part that is in us, which becomes matter through the artist, an individual of marked sensitivity who acts as a channel between the earth and the sky – sky intended as a space of infinite possibilities. A work of art can set off vibrations at very deep levels. It is a way to express emotions that would not otherwise be represented, such as joy, pain or anger, in all their facets. Personally, I do not appreciate “gloomy” art, it seems like throwing heavy psychic emotions on the spectators and the environment. Instead, I love art that illuminates the surrounding environment with positive emanations. We are already bombarded with bad news from the mass media. We all need a “breathing space” for our soul, this is what art gives us. Art is a space where every human being can move in full creative freedom. The more the artist acquires new inner freedoms, the more this is reflected in their artworks, making them unique and very original pieces, suggesting new ways, new atmospheres, interior and exterior, bringing new beauty into the world.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
FD – When I paint in my studio I put on my favorite background music, while when I draw psychic portraits, I light a small candle and try to put myself in a state of concentration. However, if I’m deliberately painting a theme, I keep my mind free, light and rely on the “creative flow” of that moment.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
FD – What happens in life is a constant source of inspiration! Both for good and for “bad”. Painting is an excellent way to process situations and find one’s own balance. But the real people I meet are a source of inspiration, from family members to friends, acquaintances, colleagues, teachers, eminences… each of them reflects a particular state of being. Nature, too, is always a source of inspiration and reflection. Other times, however, just by closing my eyes, images flow or colors “flash” before me and remain impressed, then the need arises to make them visible to everyone, creating an artwork.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
FD – My style hasn’t changed over the years, but there is a natural and spontaneous evolution in my way of using colors, materials and expressing myself.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
FD – I have no difficulty in creating my artworks, but I don’t always have a range of all the material I need, from canvases to colors, to other important materials, nevertheless, sometimes it is really challenging to have to choose which and how much time to dedicate to them. But when I’m in full creative flow it all happens by itself.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
FD – The concept of this festival, “Mixing identities”, represents the way in which we sometimes feel, or see others, as if we were made up of several identities, and we don’t always know which of these to prioritize. Each of these has its own function. For example, as a woman, I am both a mother, a worker, friend, colleague, daughter, sister, artist, and so on, sometimes very appeasing, sometimes less. Some parts of us are happy, others are not, at all, but they wish to be. How did it inspire me? It is the festival that was inspired by some of my artworks and invited me to participate, with the psychic portraits of “Matteo” and “Roberta” (2016). I added “Victorious colors” (2017) linked to the previous ones by style, but not by theme.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
FD – Thank you for the question. It’s very important to me. In 2012, but in particular between 2015 and 2016, after a big crisis, I started painting again, without any kind of expectation, just for the pleasure of doing it. I used Baba Bedi’s psychic technique, which has specific rules to follow for the first 90 drawings. I found it so refreshing and enjoyed it so much, that I went on, making it mine and taking it to new levels. One of these is, in fact, the “psychic portrait”; it means that in a state of meditation, I concentrate on thinking about the person I want to make the portrait of, allow my hand to move freely on the sheet, or on the canvas, choosing colors intuitively. In this way, I made some very interesting discoveries. For instance, I understand the “psychic state” of that person at that moment, or I get some details of their life that I was not familiar with. Symbology, the meaning of colors and other techniques are very useful in this context. “Roberta” for example is a very dear friend of mine, full of commitments but always very helpful. I had not seen “Matteo” for some time, later I learned that while I was doing his portrait he was playing at a concert in Berlin. From the colors and lines that appear in his drawing, I find affinity both with his music and with his slightly “Amazonian” aspect. In 2017 I wanted to organize my first solo exhibition to share my artwork with the community, and during a period of joy for this personal achievement I painted “Victorious colors”. So for me, this latest work represents a very special and colorful moment in my life.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
FD – In my opinion, it is well organized. I am pleased to have been invited.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
FD – All invitations are opportunities for artists. Everyone thus has to decide how, where and how much of their energy to invest. I did.