Interviews | December 4, 2022 |

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Image courtesy of Francesca Tesoriere

Interview: Francesca Tesoriere
Luca Curci
talks with Francesca Tesoriere during the 16th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.

“I am a Sicilian illustrator, born and raised in Palermo, where I currently live, alternating teaching with graphic activity. I have been working in Illustration since 2002. Since 2018 I have been painting abstract paintings inspired by the plant world. In recent years I have joined the illustrations teaching activity, directing my graphic production to Art Licensing (sale of pieces or graphics suitable to be printed on various products). I have decades of experience in the field and a long career. Alongside the artistic line expertise in the processing of images in digital, file delivery also in vector. Some random situations, including the bursting advent of the Internet at its dawn, initially direct me to perform different types of work for various customers, very often varying fields of application, from publishing to the product. This immediately has a positive impact on the local reality, thanks to some lucky collaborations, with a graphic study in Palermo in particular, and small-medium independent publishers, also Italian. The alternation of collaborations and experiences between the “global” and the “local” for about twelve years, forms my profile currently addressed to Art Licensing“.

“In our daily lives, we are no longer in contact with nature. I am fascinated by the plant world. Plants, trees, flowers… It seems a world far away from us, but its care and understanding depend on our very survival. Plants give us oxygen, and feed us, they are the most crucial elements in the bioclimatic balance of our planet. I believe that connecting with nature helps us to be more serene, and relaxed and gives us greater well-being. Our body and our brain have not evolved so fast that we think that sitting on the sofa watching a screen is a source of well-being. But plants are also fascinating. Botany (discovering rare species, local plants, so different around the world), is something that fascinates me and inspires my artistic project”.

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Image courtesy of Francesca Tesoriere

Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Francesca Tesoriere –
Visual Art has always aroused a great fascination for me until I too started drawing (for a long time I was working as an illustrator, using drawing daily). Art for me, however, is a broad concept, where it takes us through a painting or a photograph, as well as music, films, books and all artistic expressions to elevate the spirit, and arouse emotions; for me, it is therapeutic in a sense, compared to my own fragility (when I do art), and sometimes it becomes essential to bear the heaviness of life. Without exaggerating, I believe that without Art, life would otherwise be unbearable. As an artist, I experience the conquest of expressive freedom. This possibility of freely expressing oneself through Art is also perceived by the observer (in the visual arts, at least), arousing the same emotions experienced by the Artist in the creative act.

LC – What are you currently working on?
FT –
I’m working on a trees series, focusing on Olive trees. I started with botanical abstract themes, then I’m focusing on Olive trees, which are among the botanical species at risk of extinction in Italy. They are part of our visual landscape, and closely related to my childhood life as well as historical and ecosystems value.

LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
FT –
I think the role of artists and arts change in each historical period or age. So they played different roles, from magical signs of prehistoric caves to contemporary installations, depending on the different places and cultural needs. Contemporary art is difficult to define because we’re immersed in a media system, where the arts absolutely play within, but it’s difficult to understand its position right now (maybe in the next future it could be more clear), in this complexity and in a global system, never seen before in History.

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Image courtesy of Francesca Tesoriere

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
FT –
Maybe the point is to keep going on: when I finished some painting and I’m wondering “what’s the next now”?

LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
FT –
Well, sometimes it could be defined as a mix of satisfaction and nostalgia, very similar as you finish reading a book that you really liked!

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?
FT –
They are a part of preexisting works, but recent ones.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
FT –
The theme was well “The future landscape”, which fit perfectly with the ecological message inherent to my botanical abstract body of works, I’m currently working on.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
FT –
It’s useful for emerging artist to broaden their audience.

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Image courtesy of Francesca Tesoriere

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