Interview: Ioli Madness
Luca Curci talks with Ioli Madness during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2019 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
My name is Ioli Madness (ID name: Kontogianni Maria-Ioli) but I’m using 13Madness for my artwork and I’m 25 years old. I’m an artist/illustrator from Greece. I’m working on a completely D.I.Y mode on mostly black and white illustrations on paper using pens without presketching. I also have some colored pieces and some digital edited. I’ve been part of the Blank Space’s EROTICA art exhibition in Oslo, Norway from 06/08/2019 – 25/08/2019.
My main Idea: the confused way we have begun to live cause of the complexity of the everyday life makes us crazy! So through my artwork I try to make everything at least easier on the eye. It’s all about the beauty of simplicity! (I mostly draw anything that comes to my head though).
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Ioli Madness – Art for me is everything. It is the way that I understand the world. As everybody say it is “expression” of course, but for me it is mostly communication. Anything you feel or believe can be explaind through any form of art (an illustration, a song, a theatrical play, a movie, a photo, a script etc.). I also believe that art is a very powerful weapon (for those that can hold) against any form of social injustice because of its direct expression. We can be influential through art. Sometimes it’s a trap though. For me Art clearly belongs to the feeling.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
IM – I’m working mostly on black and white illustrations without presketcking. I am also very delighted when I do posters for bands or also sketches for tattoos with my strange humans. I’ve been working on my project witch is called “Strange Humans” for about 5 years now. My main idea is that the confused way we have begun to live cause of the complexity of the everyday life makes us crazy! So through my artwork i try to make everything at least easier on the eye. So I mostly use simple lines or solid coloring and not very often light dotting. It’s all about the beauty of simplicity in the end!
LC – What is your creative process like?
IM – Thankfully, I can draw whether I’m home or at any other place around. I usually have the feeling then I put on some good music and I spent time on drawing. Sometimes it takes a lot of time and other times it could be done in minutes. I never puss it to draw when I don’t feel it to. For me it doesn’t work it just comes naturally. I draw anything that comes to my mind.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
IM – I don’t know. You can see a very clear style in all of my illustrations through all these years. I can definitely say that I’m trying new stuff all the time but I don’t change the way/style I draw, it is my ID. Maybe there are a few changes I could say as the time passes by the lines become more confident but not a whole lot of different thing. Of course no one knows what the future holds (haha).
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
IM – Hmmm, I think it all comes from something that I hear or something I see that gives me the vibe to sit down on a couch or a bench or a chair and take my sketch book and my pens and draw. Life is the real inspiration. Anything could make draw as if I feel it.
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?
IM – The artwork presented is a part of a preexisting number of works. In fact it is the first illustration I did on my attempt to explore the one line type of drawing.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
IM – At the artwork we see the sunset colors at the background and at the front we find the “one line man” made from a straight line. If you take a look of the illustration from a distance you can see that the man is like a fingerprint but when you come closer you see an interesting head. He’s got a strict look as all the indifferent gazes we meet in our big city urban environments. But as indifferent as he is you can’t pass him by at once because the sunset colors of the background are bringing him again at the front. I tried through it to depict that everybody has a fingerprint giving him a clear identity mark but the true identity comes with the colors as in the illustration and the colors in the human form is the mind and the heart of the person even if it is difficult to see it in a busy urban environment. That’s the way that I believe that my presented artwork connects to the theme of “IDENTITIES”.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
IM – It is a very organized and interesting platform. It is full of art if you take a look at the events or the interviews and also it is full of opportunities through the calls or the contest buttons. It is very approachable.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
IM – It was very pleasant cooperating with you. If I will have the opportunity I will do it again!
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
IM – Oh I don’t have any suggestion for your services. Everything was perfect. I should say that the people working for your communication system were incredibly quick and helpful in all their answers. If it could be possible to have lower fees, it would have been wonderful so that we can attend to more of your exhibitons.