Interview: Francesca Calzolari
Luca Curci talks with Francesca Calzolari during ALCHEMIC BODY 2021, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
“Francesca Calzolari, born in 1999, in Turin. A recent graduate from the Albertina Academy with a specialization in Didactics of Art, I am currently attending the first year of the two-year course with a specialization in Painting. Art and painting have always been part of my life, as the main and essential means of expression. Color and material gestures allow me to give shape to ideas and concepts, making my inner world real. If I had to describe myself in just three words I would choose the following: charismatic, curious and vulnerable”.
LUCA CURCI – What is art for you?
FRANCESCA CALZOLARI – For me, art is beauty, but first of all it is introspection. Art is one of the few means that allows us to look inside, understand and talk to ourselves. It is beautiful because it shows something, technically and aesthetically studied, something almost perfect, without really being so. Perfection, in the artistic field, is totally subjective, it is the exaltation of one’s own essence that makes it so.
LC – What are you currently working on?
FC – I am currently working on the self-portrait. The study of my image, always different in each painting, encourages me to go further and allows me, little by little, to understand hidden parts of myself. It is a complex study because I look at myself with different eyes from those of others and in the representations I am still another person. It is therefore a stimulus and a continuous search, and perhaps one day we arrive at the perfect self-portrait. The study of my face at the moment is monochromatic, as I am convinced that it enhances the plasticity of the figure and the depth of the gaze. Something colorful is always associated with black and white, which symbolically is a great reference to my personality or essence. This creates a contrast between the image and the colored parts, thus creating a balanced and chromatically strong blend.
LC- Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
FC – I think that currently, the role of the artist is to show his audience something interesting and extraordinary. By extraordinary I mean anything, because often even the simplest, and apparently trivial thing can become something much greater. Art is currently more aesthetic and less educative than it used to be, therefore contemporary art plays an important role because very often it dictates the rules to the way of looking and conceiving things.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
FC – At the moment I am looking for inspiration within me. I study and try to transform the results of this research into something figurative. I often work on events that have particularly marked me, or on particularly evident parts of me, to be put on display with color.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
FC – The most challenging part is the balance of the composition. I often have all the elements of the picture ready in my head and the only thing missing is their positioning. I believe that the functionality and the rendering of the work are all enclosed within the composition, which gives an aesthetic aspect to the work.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
FC – The concept of the exhibition is wonderful, and I take this opportunity to renew my compliments. A magical and evocative place is the ArtFix café, a perfect mix of home and art gallery. The bar is par excellence a place of meeting, exchange and passage, and thinking of setting up an exhibition in such a place is a very intelligent and precise thing. I was very inspired by the exchange with other artists during the inauguration, showing your work and getting naked in front of people you don’t know is always inspiring.
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?
FC – The work on display was created previously. It was the exam project for the painting workshop in the academy.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
FC – I think that ITSLIQUID Platform is a good springboard into the world of art, and accompanied entrance into a very vast world. I am happy to have discovered you and to have had the honour and the good fortune to participate in one of your exhibitions.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
FC – The organization of the event was perfect, as was the communication with the contacts, both by email and by telephone.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
FC – I would suggest a collaboration with you, and if I still have the opportunity, I will participate again! I also think your communication service is very efficient and smooth.