Interview: Georgianna Kralli
Luca Curci talks with Georgianna Kralli during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.
Georgianna Kralli was born in Athens, Greece. She studied painting at the Academy of Fine Art in Athens from 1968 to 1973. During 1976-1986 she was teaching Painting, Graphics, Interior Design and History of Art at a college in Athens, employed by the Ministry of education. Since 1986 she is living in Sweden. She became member of KRO 1986 and member of the artist societies Bild & Form, Konstnärsföreningen in Västerås Sweden and Artists for Peace Association.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Georgianna Kralli – Art is a big part of my life! In a way I started doing paintings as a little girl! I cannot imagine myself not creating!
LC – What’s your background?
GK – My background: For five years I was at the Athens Art Academy where I studied painting, art history, architecture, pedagogy, psychology and teaching art. I entered the Academy directly after high school in 1968, and I finished my studies five years later in 1973. After that I worked in various Greek public schools as a teacher in art, graphic design and art history. I did this for at least 13 years.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
GK – Everything that I have met and experienced has been a source of inspiration to me. As an artist you are using your senses constantly, trying to acquire new ideas so that you can be inspired into new ways of thinking and working as well!
LC – What is your creative process like?
GK – I am always starting out with a ‘template’ of an Idea in my mind. The next stage in the process is trying to transfer my main idea to a painting using light colors. I continue working by adding more and more details. Usually it gets good doing it like this! Also, I want to add that one print technique that I commonly use is that of linocut. I make imprints of my main characters on the canvas, on the surface of the painting, for the reason that I wish that my main ‘ACTORS’ will come more in front the ‘STAGE’! (UNDER THE RAMP LIGHT!)
LC – What is the most challenging part aboutcreating your artworks?
GK – Sometimes it can be really hard. If you are not able to see your inner image clearly, the creative process can turn into a big challenge! It is rare but it happens sometimes. My solution in those cases is to start anew, from the beginning.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
GK – My main point of view are mostly composed of humans and the environment around them – the ‘COSMOS’, you could say! I am using three main elements in my work: time, space and motion.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
GK – Thank you for asking this! It is always inspiring to see how other artists express their ideas!
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition?
GK – My main message with my last series of paintings, entitled “Wonderland”, was to try to show different parts of daily life. Our world is a wonderful world to live in! I try to look further, beyond all the existing problems. There is a lot of beauty behind the corner!
LC – How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
GK – Life is, or can be, a festival! It all depends on how you want to live it! This is my little working secret: try to embrace everything you see ‘innocently’, the way a child does. That way you will gain access to the wonderland that is behind the corner! Do this before it is too late!
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event? What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
GK – I really appreciated all the nice people that were helping me organize everything. I am really satisfied with the outcome!
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
GK – To me it turned out perfect, and I would be happy to cooperate with you again in the future!