Interview: Idhem San
Luca Curci talks with Idhem San during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
“My main work is to paint women, nudes – to expose privacy assumed – or on a spiritual way, but ever trying to highlight the amazing power of the female energy that we have all inside us. I’m not talking about men and women but about male and female energies such as they were defined through the Yin et Yang concepts for example. In my opinion, the World is thought and based on male energy but, nowadays, mainly on its weaknesses such as its organizational structure (rigid hierarchy, balance of power between humans and a desire to win over the other), its relational methods (competition, egotistical relationships driving to a « Me alone », and not to an « Us together »), its appetite to « have » (materials, money) and its body relationship (rough relationship with their own body with the idea that «the less you listen to your feelings et to the natural rhythm of your body, the more you will win in life »). I’m deeply convinced that the World needs to improve itself by including more female energy strengths such as not fighting permanently to protect its ego and agreeing that we are not in control of all, such as accepting the richness of feelings and conscious listening in its relationships and to be more candy with itself. By learning to resonate correctly with itself, the World would resonate correctly with the rest of the World bringing a healthy personal and global balance, allowing it to reach new awakening stages.
LUCA CURCI – What is art for you?
IDHEM SAN – For me, Art is a personal interpretation of a subject highlighting the artist’s relationship to that subject. In my work, my art consists of the expression of the feminine and spiritual energies living in each of us.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
IS – Native from the mountains of Savoie, I was attracted very early by the plastic arts (photography, painting, sculpture, modelling…) during my cabinetmaker studies. My father was an amateur painter and it was a passion that became shared. Then, within the framework of my personal development, I defined my artist soul in painting and I professionalized my art.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
IS – I started by painting naked women in bright colours on Canson paper but it was too aggressive for some people, so I opted for more harmonious colours, softer on a base of kraft paper whose brown tone is close to the skin colour of the models.
LC – What is your creative process like?
IS – I focused my work on three main themes that resonate deeply in me: the feminine, the body and the spiritual. I try to represent on a way, contemporary and spontaneous nude postures and on the other way, “shamans” women from all cultures represent the memory of our Humanity.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
IS – In nude art, the difficulty is based on showing a body liberating oneself from social and cultural barriers that confine the interpretation. About my work on the spiritual women, I try to make sure that each person reappropriates its “sacred” energy, in order to live better with it, so that the mind, the body and the heart become one.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
IS – My spiritual work exposed is part of an existing project, there to express what I feel about our world and by extension, what I am.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
IS – My paintings of “Shamans”, representing feminine and “sacred” energy, symbolize the spiritual development towards which we all tend, no matter our origins. That’s why I think that these two paintings fit well in the “Future Landscapes” exhibition.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
IS – As an artist, it is sometimes difficult to find a gallery to exhibit and to develop internationally my art. ITSLIQUID represents a very nice showcase for thousands of artists and I’m glad to be part of it. The quality of the work provided by your team and your events organization skill is a guarantee of trust and professionalism, a very important basis for future collaborations.