Interview: Giulia Carini
Luca Curci talks with Giulia Carini during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 8TH EDITION, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Giulia Carini is a Watercolour artist from Parma, Italy. She has always been attracted to watercolours and paints since she was a child. She used to draw her favourite Disney characters and Japanese Anime she watched on TV and at the movies. She really loved them a lot! But then life led her in a different direction. She studied Foreign Languages at High School and she took her Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature at Parma University. But this strong passion for art was waiting to emerge sooner or later and it did 8 years ago when she decided to attend her first Make-Up School in Paris. It was the beginning of an artistic journey that led her to paint with watercolour. Her paintings are an explosion of colours. She has an obsession with them, and they are her joy and love. When they flow, drip, run and merge into something magical, they have the power to let her travel to a very special place: Her Inner Soul. Colours are her universe and she often reacts to them in a very instinctive way. Sometimes she spends a long time choosing the right palette but sometimes she follows her instinct and she paints with combinations she has never used before! She has a strong relationship with colours and it’s something related to her exchange of energy with them. Colours have to WOW her and she always needs to feel back their power and their intensity.
LUCA CURCI – What is Art for you?
GIULIA CARINI – “Every Artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures” (Henry Ward Beecher). These beautiful words by Henry Ward Beecher truly reflect what painting means to me. It allows me to express this energy I have inside that needs to get out and flow on paper. What I want to transfer in my paintings is my deep feelings and my emotions translated into rich colours, beautiful delicate flowers and atmospheric scenes. I want to take the viewer into my secret world and be part of it.
LC -What are you currently working on?
GC – At this moment I’m working on my favourite flowers like PEONIES and LOTUSES but I’m also exploring the fascinating world of MY GIRLS, a strong feeling of connection between woman and nature.
LC – Where do you find inspiration?
GC – I have many inspirations in art and life but the strongest ones are related to ASIAN countries like China and Japan and BUDDHIST and ZEN PHILOSOPHY. During my travels there I was in fact fascinated by Buddhist and Zen aesthetic principles about art and nature. According to this philosophy, the artist should observe nature carefully and try to grasp its essence of it in order to achieve unity between nature and humans. So the artist should not imitate reality, but portray the vital breath of an object, creating a new image filled with emotions. That’s why my paintings represent my inner world of imagination and my spiritual and aesthetic vision.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
GC – “Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty” (John Ruskin). Yes, as far as now my favourite themes are nature and flowers which I’m deeply in love with. To me, flowers symbolise the perfection of beauty and art at its highest expression because only Mother Nature can create something so gorgeous and flawless! During my travels around the world, I saw many wonderful flowers that spoke to my heart and I wanted to learn about their legends and stories. My eyes and memories are filled with divine lotus flowers, symbols of Buddhism and Enlightenment, that grow in large ponds like the ones I saw in Ueno Park in Tokyo and in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. I also found them as offers in Buddhist temples in Thailand near the statues of Buddha. In Beijing, I happened to walk through a beautiful garden full of sublime peonies and I was so impressed by that dreamy sight. According to a famous Chinese legend, the peony is referred to as the Queen of Flowers because of its strength, longevity and vibrant colours. From that moment their image was printed in my memory and I never forgot it.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
GC – Yes, of course, to meet and talk to other talented artists coming from all over the world was really extraordinary! It was a precious moment where we could share our experiences in art and life and our thoughts about our artistic inspirations and passions.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this Festival? In which way did it inspire you?
GC – I really loved the FUTURE LANDSCAPES concept of the Contemporary Venice Exhibition cause I felt it was very close to my way of translating my emotions into art. As my goal is not to portray, but to evoke a feeling through atmospheric scenes, with my watercolour I could dissipate all the borders and limits between my inner world and the viewer.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or a part of preexisting works?
GC – DREAMING OF BEING TOGETHER, the watercolour I presented at your exhibition was created during Spring 2021 when my town, Parma, was in lockdown. I was in a very emotional state because at the time it was impossible to see my family and friends and I missed them so much. I painted this group of peonies, which are close to each other almost hugging themselves, to find a way to connect to my loved ones and have physical contact with them.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
GC – I think ITSLIQUID GROUP is an excellent organization managed by a very competent and professional team of people who relentlessly works to spread art as much as possible with amazing solo and collective shows in beautiful locations in Italy and Europe. ITSLIQUID GROUP creates a precious space for artists coming from all around the world, where they can connect and share their artistic views.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
GC – Yes definitely. I think it’s a great opportunity both for emerging and experienced artists to be showcased in many wonderful art exhibitions and to be known by a wider public of art lovers.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
GC – I really enjoyed collaborating with you and I hope to do it more often!